EPO Guidelines for Examination update

An updated version of the EPO Guidelines for Examination came into effect in September 2013. Most of the changes relate to implementation of the new Rule 53(3) EPC (See in particular A-III, 6.8 and sub-sections, D-VII, 2, and F-VI, 3.4) and to recent case law that has an impact on practice, such as G 1/10 (See H-VI).

In addition, clarification has been provided on issues relating to computer-implemented inventions and business methods in the context of subject-matter to be excluded from the search, in order to bring the text into line with the relevant case law (See B-VIII, 2.2).

A new section has also been inserted to provide information on the early processing of applications before the EPO as designated/elected Office before expiry of the 31-month time limit under Article 22(3) PCT and Rule 159(1) EPC (See E-VIII, 2.9).

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