The official source of up-to-date legal texts from the European Patent Office (EPO).
The European Patent Convention provides an autonomous legal system for the granting of European patents via a single, harmonised procedure before the EPO.
Covering the main aspects of the patent grant procedure: formalities, search, substantive examination, opposition and general procedural matters.
The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT authority give instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in various aspects of the handling of international applications before the EPO as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority.
The Guidelines are revised annually, starting with a user consultation in February each year.
Applicants for a European patent have a simple and cost-effective way of obtaining patent protection in third countries on the basis of the extension and validation systems.
The Official Journal contains decisions of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, decisions of the President of the EPO and detailed further information relevant to the EPC and its implementation.
A concise and reliable guide to the most important provisions and requirements of EPO contracting and extension states' national law as applicable to European patent applications and patents.
The London Agreement (Article 65 EPC) is aimed at reducing translation costs for European patents.
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