GL FOREWORD 2.1 Overview

The main body of these Guidelines comprises the following eight parts:
Guidelines for Formalities Examination 
Guidelines for Search 
Guidelines for Procedural Aspects of Substantive Examination 
Guidelines for Opposition and Limitation/Revocation Procedures 
Guidelines on General Procedural Matters 
The European Patent Application 
Amendments and Corrections 
Part A deals with the procedures for formalities examination mainly with regard to grant proceedings. Part B deals with search matters. Parts C and D relate to procedures to be followed in examination and opposition proceedings, respectively.
Part E deals with general procedural matters relevant to several or all of the stages in procedures before the EPO, including Euro-PCT applications. Part F deals with the requirements which the application must fulfil other than patentability, in particular unity of invention (Art. 82), sufficiency of disclosure (Art. 83), clarity (Art. 84) and the right to priority (Art. 87 to Art. 89). Part G deals with the requirements of patentability provided for in Art. 52 to Art. 57, in particular exclusions from patentability (Art. 52(2) and Art. 53), novelty (Art. 54), inventive step (Art. 56) and industrial application (Art. 57). Part H deals with the requirements relating to amendments and corrections. It relates in particular to questions of admissibility (Rule 80 and Rule 137) and compliance with Art. 123(2) and (3), Rule 139 and Rule 140.
The following notices relating to this and other recent updates have been published in the Official Journal of the European Patent Office:
Re March 2021 update:
Re November 2019 update: 
Re November 2018 update: 
Re November 2017 update: 
Re November 2016 update: 
Re November 2015 update: 
Re November 2014 update: 
Re September 2013 update: 
OJ EPO 2013, 447
Re June 2012 update: 
OJ EPO 2012, 420
Re April 2010 update: 
OJ EPO 2010, 230
Re April 2009 update: 
OJ EPO 2009, 336
Re December 2007 update: 
OJ EPO 2007, 589
Re June 2005 update: 
OJ EPO 2005, 440
Re December 2003 update: 
OJ EPO 2003, 582
Re October 2001 update: 
OJ EPO 2001, 464
Re February 2001 update: 
OJ EPO 2001, 115
Re June 2000 update: 
OJ EPO 2000, 228
Each part of the Guidelines is divided into chapters, each subdivided into numbered sections that may be further divided into subsections. Cross-references to other sections include the relevant letter of that part, followed by the chapter number (a Roman numeral) and then the section or subsection number (thus, e.g. C‑V, 4.6, would be used if it were desired to refer to subsection 4.6 of chapter V of Part C).
Marginal references to articles and rules without further identification indicate the Articles or Rules of the European Patent Convention as the legal basis for what is stated in the text. It is believed that such references avoid the need for extensive quotation from the EPC itself.
Any references to persons made in the Guidelines are to be understood as being gender-neutral.

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EPC Articles

EPC Implementing Rules

EPO Guidelines Foreword

EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination

EPO Guidelines - B Search

EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination

EPO Guidelines - D Opposition and Limitation/Revocation Procedures

EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters

EPO Guidelines - F The European Patent Application

EPO Guidelines - G Patentability

EPO Guidelines - H Amendments and Corrections

Offical Journal of the EPO