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The twenty-fifth edition of this preeminent work – the only regularly updated authoritative article-by-article commentary in English on the European Patent Convention (EPC), its implementing regulations, and associated case law – provides the complete text of the 2000 Convention annotated with commentary and expert guidance on the interpretation of each paragraph.
Since its first edition in 1994 it has provided the European patent community with the necessary insights to practise successfully before the European Patent Office. The EPO recommends the Annotated European Patent Convention as the first book in its list of non-EPO/WIPO literature to be used for the preparation of the European qualifying examination.
In addition to a thorough updating of developments, new material in the twenty-fifth edition includes the following:-
Transitional provisions from the EPC 1973 to the EPC 2000 are given where still relevant. The closing sections of the book consist of a Case Law Table, an Index, and summaries of articles and rules of various law texts, intended for obtaining a quick grasp of essential elements of these laws.