What is it?
The book Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT is a 307-page A4 size book.
In the framework of European patent law, information is scattered over many legal references. This makes it complicated to study a certain topic, for example when handling a complicated case for a client or when preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).
The book is aimed at practicing European patent attorneys as well as at trainees. It enables to quickly identify and locate a relevant Article of Rule in the EPC and/or PCT when looking for information regarding a topic. At the same time, the book provides reference to the relevant finding place in the EPO Guidelines or PCT Applicant's Guide.
Structure of the book
In the book, twelve main topics (9 EPC-related and 3 PCT-related) have been selected around which a detailed reference guide has been built. For each topic, the important issues are grouped in tables allowing a structured access of the topic.
The book has been kept compact by only referring to the legal texts and other study material.
Comprehensive keyword Indexes (separate ones for the EPC and the PCT) help the users to quickly find the relevant topic in the tables.
An earlier version of this book (first issued in 2017) was aimed at trainee patent attorneys preparing for the Legal Questions of the Pre-Exam only. However, we received many comments that it is also a very suitable tool for answering the legal questions in EQE Paper D.
Many European patent attorneys may find the book helpful as a quick reference guide, in particular for topics they are not so often confronted with in their daily practice