The European Patent Office (EPO) has published updated versions of the two following guidelines for examination of patent applications:
- November 2015 edition of “The Guidelines for Search and Examination at the EPO as PCT authority”: giving instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in handling of international applications before the EPO as International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority.
- November 2015 edition of “The Guidelines for Examination in the EPO”: giving instructions on the practice and procedure to be followed in the examination of European applications and patents in accordance with the European Patent Convention and its Implementing Regulations.
Both guidelines will enter into force as from 1 November 2015.
Further information, along with the full texts of the updated guidelines, is available at the following links: