Ongoing consultations

Public online user consultation on the Guidelines

Date of consultation

1.2.2023 - 4.4.2023

The Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office ("EPC Guidelines") and the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority ("PCT-EPO Guidelines") give instructions on the practice and procedures to be followed in the examination of European and international applications and patents in accordance with the EPC and the PCT. 

Both the EPC and the PCT-EPO Guidelines are primarily aimed at EPO staff, and over the years they have become a much-consulted resource for illustrating the law and practice in proceedings before the EPO to external parties. 

Given the extent of their application, the Guidelines are revised every year to bring them into line with current legal and procedural developments. 

Each spring, we invite patent system users to share their views on the latest EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines in a public online consultation. 

This year's consultation is now open and we encourage you to submit your comments in any of the EPO's three official languages using our online feedback form. 

Please submit your comments by 4 April 2023, stating clearly which specific Guidelines they refer to (EPC or PCT-EPO) and indicating the part (and, if relevant, chapter, section and subsection) and language version concerned. 

Please use a separate field for each part of the Guidelines you wish to comment on. 

Your anonymised suggestions on the EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines will be forwarded to the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines for consideration, and will form part of the discussions during the 25th meeting of the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines in May 2023.  

By participating in our online consultation, you are helping us to improve the Guidelines. Please take the time to share your comments with us.

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