Topic-Related Index book - What is it?
The 2022 edition of the Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT compiled by Cees Mulder and Roel van Woudenburg is a 346-page A4 size book.
In the framework of European patent law, information is scattered over many legal references. This makes it difficult 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 Topic-Related Index book is primarily aimed at practicing European patent attorneys, at trainee patent attorneys as well as at formalities officers in the patent practice. This book enables to quickly identify and locate a relevant Article or Rule in the EPC and/or the PCT when looking for information on a particular topic. At the same time, it 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.
The format of the Topic‐Related Index to the EPC and PCT book was concepted by Cees Mulder. The current book edition is based on his work and further developments together with Roel van Woudenberg.
The sixth edition of the Topic-Related Index book has been updated taking account of the latest developments in the law. In particular, the book reflects the legal status on 10 June 2022 (OJ EPO May 2022; PCT Newsletter May 2022) and includes any future legal changes as far as known at the time of printing.
The Indexes are based on around 5,500 entries and help the users of the Topic-Related Index book to quickly find the relevant topic in the tables.