Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office
March 2023 edition
The Guidelines for Examination in the EPO (EPC Guidelines) give instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in the various aspects of the examination of European applications and patents in accordance with the European Patent Convention and its Implementing Regulations. The March 2023 edition entered into force on 1 March 2023, superseding the March 2022 edition. The corresponding notice published in the Official Journal (OJ EPO 2023, A6) lists the main updates.
The EPC Guidelines are published in electronic form only and accessible free of charge in the three official languages of the EPO (English, French and German).