A collections of useful links and downloads
Always double check the status of the info with the latest official resources.
Consult an authorised professional or legal counsel before relying on the information presented.
PCT.App tackles the well-known problem that the Articles define only basic matter, and the Rules have become so convoluted that they are difficult to comprehend.
Combining knowledge from 10 years of teaching PCT, and the highly automated IP.appify platform, we have created a pioneering legal reference for IP professionals who wish to go beyond the guidance provided in official WIPO user guides.
For lawyers, patent attorneys & formalities officers. Crucial for daily practice and essential for European Qualifying Exam (EQE) students. Available in English & German..
Available online for those who prefer digital access and want to tailor the content with their own annotations and highlighting, and hide unwanted parts. Subscribers can make printable colour pdf's at any time, or use print-on-demand for a colour hardcopy. A fully-commented black-and-white paper book is also available.
130 subjects are organized into 18 parts by merging the order of the Articles with the chronological order of the WIPO Applicant’s Guide. This mirris the life of a PCT application.
Each subject includes paragraphs from the most relevant provisions - less relevant parts are hidden or cross-referenced. All Articles & Rules are included at least once..
Legal texts and comments are displayed side-by-side. Standardized layout & marking is used to emphasize keywords, time limits, fees, languages, and legal consequences.
Extensive comments, internal cross-references and external lniks are assigned per paragraph. Overviews & explanation are provided for complex subjects such as priority, remedies, representation and filing date requirements.
It is sufficiently detailed for the EQE without further annotation.
PCT.App is in the cloud, and readable using any internet browser on your mobile phone or tablet. See here for examples of screenshots. It is searchable, with hyperlinks & cross-references to internal & external resources. For editing content, it is recommended to use a larger screen with a mouse & keyboard.
Legal updates occur automatically without disturbing your individual annotations, so there is no need to transfer your notes.
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Applicant’s Guide (AG-IP & AG-NP) covers common issues, but t
here is a lot more available.
This book includes all the higher and lower levels of the WIPO Guidelines.
Useful for everyday use by attorneys & administrators. However, always double check the status with latest
resources and national patent offices before relying on the information.
All parts include our Detailed Table of Contents, page numbers, and indicates sections with major changes in last 3 years.
Recommended for EQE candidates - EPO-PCT Guidelines refer to sections of AI, RO GL, & ISPE GL. Answers at EQE should be supported by PCT Articles, Rules & EPO-PCT Guidelines (IPREE R.22) citations.
This book provides implementation details for PCT filing (RO), search (ISA, SISA), and examination (IPEA) before the EPO. It also covers PCT-Direct,
Supplementary PCT Search, regional entry into the European phase (DO/EO), and formalities after entry.
Useful for daily practice by those dealing with the EPO. It also includes references considered essential for EQE exam candidates.
Does not include: Articles & Rules or WIPO Guidelines.
All Guidelines include our complete Detailed Table of Contents, page numbers, and indicate sections with major changes in last 3 years.
For answering exam questions, EPG helps with general parts and details are found in GL/PCT-EPO and GL/EPO. Answers should be supported by EPC/PCT Articles, Rules, GL/EPO, GL/PCT-EPO Guidelines (IPREE R.22) citations.
Book store entries include detailed content lists.
New this year: a modified layout by Ignacio Lobato, more fully using the page size, greatly reducing the total number of pages.
We offer a Study Edition, with thicker paper more suitable for intensive tabbing, annotating and highlighting. A Portable Edition is also available with thinner 50g "bible" paper to reduce thickness & weight.
Contents are B/W. Printer is Pumbo.
Apologies for the delays. We cannot guarantee a delivery date before EQE 2023.. See above for links to print yourself.
not provide paper versions of their Applicant’s Guidelines and Annexes, preferring to keep their website up-to-date. For daily practice, some practitioners may prefer an abbreviated paper version with useful overviews, and the most fre
quently needed PCT implementation details.
For PCT exam candidates, it is essential to have details from the Applicant’s Guide available. For example, legal questions are regularly directed to competent ISA’s, national entry, and fees due on filing. From EPAC 2022 / EQE 2023, the EPO website and PCT Applicant’s Guide will be available electronically during the exam.
For exam candidates:
From EPAC 2022 / EQE 2023, the WIPO no longer provides the 2100-page printable pdf. Online access is available during the exam. But, we recommend printing out the useful WIPO overviews yourself because they are not directly available during the exam.
Part (1): Overviews (online)
Part (2): Intro and All Annexes (online)
Retired - PCT AG available digitally during exams. See links above for useful overviews to print yourself
Retired - PCT AG available digitally during exams. See links above for useful overviews to print yourself.
EPC.App is an up-to-date annotated European Patent Convention, designed to optimize finding the most relevant information.
It is suitable for daily practice, and for EQE candidates. A knowledgable IP professional can quickly scan & find the legal points they need.
Using their own EQE materials and the online legal platform IP.appify, the authors have carefully selected and abbreviated their comments & references. So, candidates should prepare by using it extensively to answer legal questions, so that the annotations trigger the correct knowledge at the exam..
er of the Articles is adopted, followed by the most relevant Rules.
All articles, rules and protocols of the EPC as well as the Rules relating to Fees are fully reproduced. References between provisions are commented & annotated. Summaries from the Examination Guidelines, Official Journal articles and case law are included.
Standardized layout & marking is used to emphasize keywords, time limits, fees, languages, and legal consequences, either in black & white (printed book) or color (online).
Legal texts and comments are displayed side-by-side. Selected comments are assigned per paragraph with internal cross-references & external links.
Subscribers can digitally navigate up-to-date legal texts on their mobile devices, and further shape the materials by adding / hiding legal texts & comments. No need to transfer notes when the law is updated.
A print-on-demand service is available to order personally customized color paperbacks.
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This book covers EPO procedures during filing, search, examination, grant & opposition of EPC and Euro-PCT applicatio
Includes the complete official GL/EPO (EPO/EPC Guidelines), which are essential for exam candidates, and for professionals dealing with EPO applications in their daily life.
It also contains the EPO Unitary Patent Guide, which outlines how to get an EU patent (expected to be available from early 2023).
Does not include EPC Articles & Rules or PCT-specific materials.
The official indexes per part have been replaced by our combined Detailed Table of Contents at the front, with page numbers, and indicating sections with major changes in last 3 years.
Legal citations & references are underlined, making them easier to spot. Answers at EQE based on EPC Guidelines should be supported by EPC Articles, Rules, GL/EPO Guidelines (IPREE R.22) citations.
To learn how PCT works, listen to these Learn the PCT videos, stop them regularly, and find the subjects in the PCT Applicants Guide.
Pete's tips & info to help trainee patent attorneys pass the EQE. Also on LinkedIn.
IP appify's EPC/PCT/EQE Blog
This book helps EQE candidates to tackle Paper D of the EQE. It is also written in an exam-oriented style and allows candidates to copy the answers for the questions of the exam which can be found in the book, thereby maximizing the scores obtained for each question. The book is based on frequently asked topics of the exam and has many examples of old exams. Available via Amazon.
For EQE2023 with time limit tips (as pdf)
PUMBO provides printing services, including true Print-on-Demand. They also offer thin 50g/60g paper. Automated portal for uploading new books and a good customer service.
Between 25 May 1970 and 19 June 1970, the Washington Diplomatic Conference took place to finalise the text of the PCT.
We are simply providing a convenient printing service to make this useful document more easily accessible.No copyright is claimed - the text of this book is available for free download from the WIPO website. It is useful for anyone studying the PCT, and its history - on paper, it is more convenient to jump between the different sections.
As well as many comments from the delegations, it also contains the original text of the
articles and rules as entered into force on 1 June 1978.
Most useful are the notes by the WIPO giving some background, how each provision relates to the rest of PCT and cross-references between the corresponding articles and rules.
The indexes are also quite detailed, allowing discussions to be found about particular provisions.
The book has been reduced to 165 x 241mm. It is 844 pages, and printed in black and white on thin 50gr bible-paper. The printer is Pumbo. It has been made a little larger than A5 to improve readability.
No copyright is claimed - the text of this book is available for free download from the WIPO website
844 pages (865 gr)
EPO does not provide their National Law tables on paper. Previously, we created a yearly printable version based upon the EPO html pages, but this has become too difficult to generate.
For daily practice, the national requirements change frequently, so always consult the up-to-date EPO website, or equivalent national office resources.
For the EQE exam, National Law tables are still essential: legal questions regularly cover provisional protection, translation requirements and national annuities. But since 2021, the WISEflow interface has provided online access to www.epo.org during the e-EQE exam, such as:
Our other publication "EPO as a PCT Authority" includes our overview of EU states, showing accession to Paris Convention / EPC / PCT, PCT entry time limits, automatic validation status, and main translation requirements. Additionally, it now includes an overview of Extension & Validation-related OJEPO's, and flowcharts illustrating a validation procedure.
Nothing in our training or study materials is to be considered as legal advice - our resources are intended for educational and informational purposes only. IP law is highly complex and continuously changing, so always double check the status with the latest official resources. Consult an authorised professional or legal counsel before relying on the information presented. In particular, the authors and Fireball Patents do not accept liability for the accuracy of the information or for any printing errors.