A collections of useful links and downloads
NEW: Annotated PCT (online or book) - see below
NEW: Indexed EPO Guidelines (see below)
Traditionally annotated laws and treaties follow the structure of the law itself, reciting articles and rules in numerical order with relevant annotations, Students must master the inherent logic of the law and the logic of the author who decides where annotations are included.
Unfortunately, this approach breaks down with PCT - the legal structure has become convoluted & contradictory due to years of amendments to the Rules only. The provisions no longer reflect how PCT works in practice.
PCT.App uses the flexibility of the electronic platform to provide a more logical organised annotated PCT.
Entry into the European phase is also covered, showing how the PCT requirements are translated into EPC Articles and Rules.
PCT.App allows students to shape their own reference according to their own logic, and to add comments in areas that they struggle with.
Bidirectional references are also possible between EPC and PCT.
|PCT.App||Online platform, with standard author's annotations|
|EPC.App||Online platform, with standard author's annotations|
will be available in Dec. 2019 with standard author's annotations
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: www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/washington.html
The book has been reduced to 165 x 241mm. It is 844 pages, and printed in black and white on thin 50gr bible-paper. It has been made a little larger than A5 to improve readability.
This book is useful for anyone studying the PCT, and its history..
By having it 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.
No copyright is claimed - the text of this book is available for free download from the WIPO website
|WDC-PCT (1970)||2.9cm thick||844 pages (865 gr)|
PCT is very fragmented. There is a lot from the WIPO, but you need to know where to look.
The Applicant’s Guide (AG-IP & AG-NP) cover most common issues, but there is a lot more available.
This book also includes the lower level documentation provided by the EPO. It is suitable as a desktop reference for everyday use by attorneys and administrators. It is less suitable for EQE use.
Introduction to International Phase (AG-IP) with my detailed contents, page numbers, and sections with a major in last 3 years
Administrative Instructions (AI) = procedures to be followed by formalities officers at PCT authorities (referenced in AG-IP as “Section xxx”)
Overview of available Applicant & Office forms
Receiving Office Guidelines (RO GL) = procedures to be followed by RO’s.
International Search & Examination Guidelines (ISPE GL) = procedures & substantive rules to be followed by ISA’s & IPEA’s
Introduction to National Phase (AG-NP) with my detailed contents, page numbers, and sections with a major in last 3 years.
Does not include legal provisions, treaties or EPO Guidelines.
Do not use for the EQE - it is much too detailed. Use the PCT References for EQE listed below.(that also includes the AG-IP and AG-NP).
Includes the Jan 2019 versions of the WIPO documents. Added Overview of PCT states and PCT Fees on 1 Jan 2019.
PCT Applicant's Guide
|2.1cm thick||668 pages |
The EPO no longer offers this on paper. So you have to print out the 960 pages yourself.
My version is printed on A5-sized 50g bible paper - a convenient format as a desktop reference, to take to oral proceedings, or to take to the EQE.
The EPO publishes a new version of EPO Guidelines every year on 1 November.
For the EQE, the text valid on 31 Oct in the year before the exam is considered the official version.
However, answers the version based upon 1 Nov. version are usually accepted (but note once in answer version used).
It improves on the official version by:
Legal citations & references are underlined, making them easier to spot.
It also includes the official Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII) Index, Alphabetical Keyword Index & List of Sections Amended referring to section numbers.
|1 Nov 2018||In-force: 1 Nov 18 to 31 Oct 19||Official version for EQE 2020|
|1 Nov 2019||In-force: 1 Nov 19 to 31 Oct 20||Official version for EQE 2021. |
May use at EQE 2020, but note version used once.
New: 2019 version is 10% larger, and a larger font is used in the Detailed Table of Contents, to improve readability.
|1 Nov 2018||2.8cm thick|
|920 pages (730g)|
|1 Nov 2019||3cm thick|
|916 page (865g)|
New in 2019: the most important PCT reference materials provided by EPO, covering their role as RO, ISA, SISA, IPEA, DO/EO:
Does not include legal provisions, treaties or WIPO Guidelines.
This book can be used as a desktop reference, or to help when preparing for the European Qualifying Exam (EQE).
In 2017, the EPO-PCT Guidelines were added to the official list of EQE reference documents. The Euro-PCT Guide has always been a useful reference for the EQE.
For these guidelines, my Detailed Table of Contents are also included, showing page numbers & sections that have undergone a major change in the last 3 years:
|1 Oct 2018||1 Jan 19:|
1 Nov 18:
- EPO-PCT GL
- EPO GL (part E-IX only)
|Official version |
for EQE 2020.
May use at EQE 2019,
but note version
|1 Nov 2019||1 Jan 19:|
1 Nov 19:
- EPO-PCT GL
- EPO GL (part E-IX only)
|Official version |
for EQE 2021.
at EQE 2020, but
|1 Oct 2019||2.0cm thick||612 pages (480g)|
|1 Nov 2019||Available 22 Nov 19|
Every year, on 31 October, WIPO produces a printable version of the complete Applicants Guide, including all annexes, specifically for the Pre- and Main Exams. The current version can be found here. But it is 1980 pages and much of it will never be required at the exam.
I have produced this abbreviated & improved version to lighten the load and to save a few trees. It is available for download to print yourself, or you can order an A5-sized book.
Using Regulations, past papers and comments from Examination Committees, I have limited it to adequately cover what you may need. In addition, I have added many useful overviews from the WIPO/EPO websites and OJEPO's which can speed up answering questions during the exam.
My book is available in two parts, and reflects the status on 31 October:
Part I: References
Part II: Annexes
To save paper, print with 2 pages on each A4 side. If problems with links, try Google Drive.
|Part I - References||8 MB||350 pages|
|Part II - Annexes||23 MB||550 pages|
The EQE 2019 versions can no longer be ordered. New versions will be available in Nov 2019 for EQE 2020.
For the exam, it is important to have up-to-date details from the tables. Although the EPO updates the info on their website in October, these tables are no longer available to order op paper.
The last official version is here and can be printed on A4 paper yourself. But, not everyone likes the horizontal tables, and the small font makes it difficult to read if printed smaller.
My book is made with the EPO webpages, resulting in a bigger font. It is available for download to print yourself, or you can order an A5-sized book.
Tables I and VIII are irrelevant for the EQE, so they are left out. I have added page numbers & an index, and validation information from the OJEPO for Morocco, Moldova, Tunisia & Cambodia.
Also inclides an overview of states showing their dates of accession to Paris Convention, EPC & PCT., PCT national entry time limits, whether PCT national routes are closed and whether validation is automatic after grant.
To save paper, print with 2 pages on each A4 side. If problems, try Google Drive.
The EQE 2019 version can no longer be ordered. A new version will be available in Nov 2019 for EQE 2020.
For each paper , do the exams of the last 4-5 years.
You need to practice writing by hand - practice on A4 EQE paper to get used to the format..
You get official A4 sheets of paper during the exam to write your answer on.
You are only allowed to hand-in papers you made at the exam - no pre-prepared materials. However, you are free to take and use any materials and tables you want to help in analysing the papers, as long as they are not electronic.