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Guidelines for Examination
GUIDELINES FOR EXAMINATION IN THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE
 

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GUIDELINES FOR EXAMINATION

IN THE

EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE


Published by the European Patent Office


Published by the European Patent Office


Directorate Patent Law 5.2.1


D-80298 Munich


Tel.: (+49-89) 2399-4512


Fax: (+49-89) 2399-4465


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European Patent Office, Munich


Printed in Germany


Β© European Patent Office


ISBN 3-89605-074-5


LIST OF CONTENTS


 


General Part


Contents

1.

Preliminary remarks

2.

Explanatory notes

2.1

Overview

2.2

Abbreviations

3.

General remarks

4.

Work at the EPO

5.

Survey of the processing of applications and patents at the EPO

6.

Contracting States to the EPC

7.

Extension to states not party to the EPC


Part A - Guidelines for Formalities Examination


Contents

Chapter I

Introduction

Chapter II

Filing of applications and examination on filing

Chapter III

Examination of formal requirements

- Annex

List of Contracting States to the Paris Convention (see III, 6.2)

Chapter IV

Special provisions

Chapter V

Communicating the formalities report; amendment of application; correction of errors

Chapter VI

Publication of application; request for examination and transmission of the dossier to Examining Division

Chapter VII

Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) before the EPO acting as a designated or elected Office

Chapter VIII

Languages

Chapter IX

Common provisions

Chapter X

Drawings

Chapter XI

Fees

Chapter XII

Inspection of files; communication of information contained in files;

consultation of the Register of European Patents; issuance of certified copies


Part B - Guidelines for Search


Contents

Chapter I

Introduction

Chapter II

General

Chapter III

Characteristics of the search

Chapter IV

Search procedure and strategy

Chapter V

Preclassification (routing) and official classification of European patent applications

Chapter VI

The state of the art

Chapter VII

Unity of invention

Chapter VIII

Subject-matter to be excluded from the search

Chapter IX

Search documentation

Chapter X

Search report

Chapter XI

The abstract

- Annex

Checklist for considering the abstract (see XI, 5)

Chapter XII

The search opinion


Part C - Guidelines for Substantive Examination


Contents

Chapter I

Introduction

Chapter II

Content of a European patent application (other than claims)

- Annex

Units recognised in international practice and complying with Rule 35(12)

(see II, 4.15)

Chapter III

Claims

Chapter IV

Patentability

- Annex

Examples relating to the requirement of inventive step - indicators (see IV, 9.13)

Chapter V

Priority

Chapter VI

Examination procedure


Part D - Guidelines for Opposition Procedure


Contents

Chapter I

General remarks

Chapter II

The Opposition Division

Chapter III

Opposition

Chapter IV

Procedure up to substantive examination

Chapter V

Substantive examination of opposition

Chapter VI

Procedure for the examination of the opposition

Chapter VII

Details and special features of the proceedings

Chapter VIII

Decisions of the Opposition Division

Chapter IX

Costs


Part E - Guidelines on General Procedural Matters


Contents

Introduction

 

Chapter I

Communications and notifications

Chapter II

Procedure for amendments to documents

Chapter III

Oral proceedings

Chapter IV

Taking and conservation of evidence

Chapter V

Derogations from the language of the proceedings in oral proceedings

Chapter VI

Examination by the EPO of its own motion; facts, evidence or grounds not submitted in due time; observations by third parties

Chapter VII

Interruption and suspension of the proceedings

Chapter VIII

Time limits, loss of rights, further and accelerated processing and re-establishment of rights

Chapter IX

Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Chapter X

Decisions

Chapter XI

Appeals

Chapter XII

Request from a national court for a technical opinion concerning a European patent

Chapter XIII

Registering transfers, licences, other rights, etc.