How to get a European patent, Guide for applicants
16th edition, May 2016, updated to 1 March 2016
The "Guide for applicants" has been designed to provide inventors, companies and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in applying for a European patent, offering practical advice to smooth the way through the various stages.
This updated 16th (May 2016) edition of the Guide is based on the revised European Patent Convention (EPC 2000) which entered into force on 13 December 2007. All references to articles or rules in the Guide therefore
relate to the EPC as in force since that date. The
Guide cannot go into the details or specific issues of the European patent
grant procedure, and it does not constitute an official commentary on the European Patent
If you need more detailed information, you are advised to consult the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office, a comprehensive guide to every stage of the grant procedure and to EPO practice.
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