Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority
March 2023 edition
The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority (PCT-EPO Guidelines) give instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in the various aspects of the handling of international applications before the EPO as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority. 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, A7) lists the main updates.
The PCT-EPO Guidelines are published in electronic form only and accessible free of charge in the three official languages of the EPO (English, French and German).