Law & practice

European patent law, the Official Journal and other legal texts.

Legal resources

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Legal texts

The official source of up-to-date legal texts from the European Patent Office.  

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Boards of Appeal

Search the decisions database and access information and case law from the EPO's boards of appeal.

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Court practices

Documentation from the European Patent Judge's Symposium.

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User consultations

Please submit your comments on our proposals. We value your input and will analyse all responses carefully.

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Substantive patent law harmonisation

Track the progress of working groups moving forward on substantive patent law harmonisation.  

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Convergence of practice

Common legal practices adopted by EPO member states. 

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Options for professional representatives

How to submit requests related to the list of professional representatives before the EPO, as well as the list of associations of professional representations.