Patents for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology: Fundamentals of Global Law, Practice, and Strategy

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OBTAINING A GRANTED PATENT--EPO
AND PCT PROCEDURES

Government and co-operation is in all things the law of life.

John Ruskin: Essays

Procedure in the European Patent Office112
Filing112
Designations114
Formal Examination, Search Report, and Publication115
Substantive Examination115
Grant117
Amendment during Prosecution120
Renewal Fees121
Entry into the National Phase122
Opposition123
Appeals in the EPO126
Legal Basis126
Substantive Law127
Appeals Procedure128
PCT Procedure130
Chapter I130
Filing an International Application130
Designations132
Transmittal to the International Bureau132
International Search132
International Publication133
Chapter II135
International Preliminary Examination135
The International Preliminary Examination Report (IPER)136
Entry into the National Phase136

Procedure in the European Patent Office

Filing

Generally speaking, a European patent application may be filed directly at the EPO, either at Munich or The Hague, at the EPO branch office in Berlin,

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