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Guidelines 2024 Pre-published - EPO

05-Feb-2024 | Source : The European Patent Office (EPO) | Visits : 648

The Guidelines 2024, pre-published, enter into force on March 1. Users are invited to comment on them by April 2 and are encouraged to take a small survey on the annual revision process included in the consultation.

MUNICH - The European Patent Office (EPO) publishes the English preview versions of the EPC and PCT-EPO Guidelines 2024. These Guidelines will enter into force on March 1, 2024. As every year, users also have the opportunity to provide feedback on these new editions in EPO consultation. You can submit your comments until April 2, 2024, according to the official website of EPO. 

Your opinion matters, so we have expanded this year’s user consultation with a small survey on the EPO’s Guidelines revision process itself. Furthermore, the EPO intends to publish guidelines on the Unitary Patent procedure in 2025.

For shaping their content in the most useful way, EPO would be interested in knowing what you would consider most important for the future Unitary Patent Guidelines. The Office encourages you to take the extra minute – your feedback will help EPO to develop the Unitary Patent Guidelines.

The Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office ("EPC Guidelines") and the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority ("PCT-EPO Guidelines") give instructions on the practices and procedures to be followed in the examination of European and international applications and patents in accordance with the European Patent Convention (EPC), the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and their Implementing Regulations.

The Guidelines are a vital resource for illustrating the law and practice in proceedings before the EPO and are widely consulted by external parties. They are revised annually to keep them aligned with the latest legal and procedural developments. 

The anonymized comments will be discussed with the members of the SACEPO Working Party on Guidelines in the first of their two annual meetings on April 25, 2024.

 
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