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The twenty-second edition of The Annotated European Patent Convention gives the complete text of the European Patent Convention 2000 and its implementing regulations. The notes provide a commentary on the text of the law and explain the interpretation of each paragraph of the law. The notes relate to the text of the EPC 2000 and are updated till 15 November 2014. Announced amendments of the law that enter into force after 15 November 2014 have also been included.
The new edition includes the amendments in the latest edition of the Guidelines, the November 2014 edition. References to the book Case Law of the Boards of Appeal have been updated to the 7th edition of the book of September 2013. The new edition covers the revision of the language reduction of fees, the change in opportunity for filing divisionals, the prohibition of handwritten amendments, the change in reimbursement of the appeal fee, the new possibilities for searches in case of non-unity on entry into the European phase, and the revision of the Ararngement for Debit Accounts. New procedures have been updated with recent information from the EPO on the implementation.
Cross-references in the notes to articles and rules aim at giving an insight into the structure of the Convention. The provisions also contain references to the EPC 1973 to facilitate comparison of the old and new law. Numerous references to case law and the Guidelines allow the user to consult the source of the information contained in the notes and give a quick access to important case law. Transitional provisions from the EPC 1973 to the EPC 2000 are given where still relevant.
The book also contains a chapter on PCT, which gives an overview of the PCT procedure as in force on 15 November 2014, including the relations with the EPC. Announced amendments entering into force after 15 November 2014 are indicated. 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.
Since changes in the law and its interpretation are marked in each edition, the book has proven to be a much used tool for keeping up to date with developments of the European Patent Convention.