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PCT training and events

Want to learn more about the PCT procedure at the EPO?

PCT seminars in Europe:

8 November Munich PCT-Seminar Deutschland

PCT seminars outside Europe:


Events with PCT experts from the EPO on stands or as speakers:

23-25 September Chicago
IPO Annual Meeting
25-27 September Washington AIPLA Annual Meeting

Highlights in 2018

The EPO as a PCT authority

A high-quality search report from the EPO, the world's most popular searching authority, is available through the PCT procedure to applicants from Europe, Japan, the US and many other countries. This key step in early identification of relevant prior art enables you to predict outcomes in a highly cost-effective way.

Recent developments to further improve our services to applicants include:

  • enhanced search tools for EPO examiners, incorporating Asian and standards-related prior art to ensure top-quality search reports
  • strengthened PCT preliminary examination procedure, with more interaction with the examiner and a top-up search to increase your chances of prompt grant in the national phase
  • strong focus on timely provision of PCT search and examination results, backed up by the EPO's new PCT Direct service new information on the examiner's search strategy and, in cases of non-unity, the preliminary opinion
  • cost-efficient approach (PCT search and examination fees frozen until April 2018; supplementary European search fee dispensed with; 50% reduction on examination fee in cases of PCT examination by the EPO)
  • new rules for the non-unity procedure, to facilitate the processing of PCT applications entering the European phase
  • easier access to the EPO, through ePCT online filing (also for submitting subsequently filed documents and demands for preliminary examination) and a more flexible approach to addresses for correspondence