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Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office

March 2022 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
March 2021 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
November 2019 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
November 2018 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
November 2017

Standard version

Hyperlinked version

Hyperlinked, showing modifications version
November 2016

Guidelines for Examination

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Part F

Part G

Part H

Alphabetical keyword index

Guidelines for Examination (all parts, showing modifications)
November 2015

Guidelines for Examination

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Part F

Part G

Part H

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 5.5 MB)

Alphabetical keyword index

 
November 2014

Complete Guidelines all parts as PDF

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Part F

Part G

Part H

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 6.4 MB)

Alphabetical keyword index

 
September 2013

Complete Guidelines all parts as PDF

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Part F

Part G

Part H

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 5.9 MB)

 
June 2012

Complete Guidelines

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Part F

Part G

Part H

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 5.1 MB)

Table of contents indicating source in Guidelines 2010

Table of correspondence between Guidelines 2010 and 2012

Alphabetical keyword index

 
April 2010

Complete guidelines

General part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 2 MB)

 
April 2009

Complete guidelines

General part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

All parts as ZIP file (ZIP, 1.5 MB)

 
December 2007

General Part

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Complete Guidelines for Examination

Complete Guidelines for Examination (ZIP, 1.5 MB)

 
June 2005

General Part

Complete Guidelines

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

Part E

Complete Guidelines PDF version as ZIP file (ZIP, 1.7 MB)

 
December 2003 Download  
October 2001 Download  

 

Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT Authority
March 2022 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
March 2021 Hyperlinked Hyperlinked, showing modifications
November 2019 Download  
November 2018 Download  
November 2017 Download  
November 2016 Download  
November 2015 Download