Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Draft version of Guidelines 2018 available (GL/EPO and GL/PCT-EPO)

Yesterday, 1.10.2018, draft versions of the amended Guidelines, which will enter into force on 1 November 2018, have become available on  the EPO website in HTML form, in English, and are accessible via the following links:

As these new Guidelines will only enter into force on 1 November 2018 (OJ 2018, A73; OJ 2018, A74), these are NOT the applicable versions for the EQE 2019, for which the legal status on 31 October 2018 is the relevant date (OJ 2017, A88). The version in force on 31 October 2018 is the November 2017 version.

However, as several parts of the Guidelines of November 2017 have been superseded by subsequent changes to the legal provisions (ADA/AAD, creditcard payment, new EPO-WIPO agreement, and several more), candidates are advised to check the lists of amended sections in GL/EPO and GL/PCT-EPO and to update the corresponding sections in the November 2017 Guidelines, to prepare a consolidated version which reflects the legal status in 31 October 2018 form use in EQE 2019.