The processing of a European application and of a European patent is carried out in a number of distinct steps which may be summarised as follows:
A European patent application may also be filed via the PCT route ("Euro-PCT application – entry into the European phase"). For further details, see E‑IX, and subsections.
Any decision by the Receiving Section, an examining division, an opposition division or the Legal Division which adversely affects a party is appealable and, thus, subject to review before a board of appeal of the EPO. With the exception of important aspects relating to interlocutory revision, the appeals procedure is not dealt with in these Guidelines.
Date retrieved: 17 May 2021