List of sections amended in 2021 revision

MAJOR AMENDMENTS

PART A

A‑II, 6; A‑II, 6.1; A‑II, 6.1.1; A‑II, 6.1.2; A‑II, 6.2

New subsections detailing practice of EPO as RO when dealing with the correction of erroneously filed elements or parts

A‑III, 5.1

New paragraph detailing practice of EPO as ISA when dealing with the correction of erroneously filed elements or parts

A‑III, 8.2

Amended to reflect new practice of EPO as RO in relation to the reduction of the international search fee

A‑III, 9

Amended to reflect new EPO practice in relation to fee refunds

A‑VI

New chapter detailing practice of EPO as RO in relation to the examination of formal requirements

PART B

B‑III, 2.3; B‑III, 2.3.2; B‑III, 2.3.3; B‑III, 2.3.4; B‑XI, 2.1

Amended to include details of implementation of Rule 20.5bis by EPO as ISA

PART C

C‑III, 2

Amended to include details of implementation of Rule 20.5bis by EPO as ISA

PART E

E‑III, 1

Amended to add INDECOPI (Peru) to the list of the EPO's PPH partner offices

PART F

F‑III, 10

Amended to include consequences of Rule 20.5bis(e) for the assessment of sufficiency of disclosure

PART G

G‑IV, 3

Amended to include consequences of Rule 20.5bis(e) for the determination of the international filing date

PART H

H‑II, 2.2.2; H‑II, 2.2.2.1; H‑II, 2.2.2.2

Amended to include correction of an application under Rule 20.5bis

 

MINOR AMENDMENTS

General Part

General Part, 1

Amended to reflect new timeline for the review cycle

General Part, 2.1

Amended to clarify structure of Part A

General Part, 3.1

EPC-PCT concordance table restructured

PART A

A‑II, 1.1

Amended to clarify that EPO acts as the RO on behalf of the national patent offices of Belgium, Monaco and San Marino

A‑II, 1.2.1

Amended to clarify applicability of Rule 82 and Rule 82quater

A‑II, 1.2.3

Amended to reflect decommissioning of PCT-SAFE software

A‑II, 1.3

Clarified valid channels for filing priority documents and authorisations with the EPO as RO

A‑II, 2

Clarified practice of EPO as RO when receiving filings for which it is not competent

A‑II, 3.1

Clarified practice of EPO as RO in relation to the acknowledgement of receipt when Web-Form Filing is used

A‑III, 3

Clarified practice of EPO as RO in the event of an outage of electronic means of communication

A‑V, 7.1

Clarified practice in relation to colour drawings

PART B

B‑III, 2.1

Clarified practice of EPO as (S)ISA in relation to the basis for the search

B‑VII, 2

Clarified practice of EPO as ISA in relation to the provisional opinion accompanying the partial search results

B‑VII, 6.1

Clarified practice of EPO regarding claimed inventions not searched in the international phase

PART C

C‑VII, 2

Clarified practice of EPO as IPEA in relation to documents transmitted under Rule 71.1

PART F

F‑IV, 4.18

Clarified practice in relation to the use of brackets for providing physical values

PART H

H‑III, 7

Clarified practice in relation to amendments to the title of the international application

 

EDITORIAL CHANGES

 

Throughout the Guidelines, where possible gender-neutral language has been used.

General Part

General Part, 2.3; General Part, 2.5; General Part, 2.7

PART A

A‑I, 1; A‑II, 1.2; A‑II, 5; A‑III, 2; A‑III, 4.2; A‑III, 8.4; A‑III, 9.2; A‑III, 9.4; A‑III, 9.7

PART B

B‑I, 2

PART C

C‑I, 1; C‑IV, 1

PART E

E‑III, 2; E‑III, 3

PART F

F‑II, 3; F‑V, 8.1; F‑V, 8.2; F‑V, 10; F‑VI, 1.1; F‑VI, 1.3; F‑VI, 3.3

PART G

G‑II, 4.2; G‑II, 5.2; G‑II, 5.3; G‑II, 5.4; G‑IV, 4; G‑VII, 5.2

PART H

H‑I, 1; H‑I, 4; H‑IV, 2.2; H‑IV, 2.3

 

 

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