Who is it for?
The book Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT is aimed a practicing European patent attorneys and trainees.
If a practicing patent attorney or a trainee has to gather information in relation to a certain topic of the European Patent Convention (EPC) or Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the tables in this book allow them to quickly identify and locate the relevant Article or Rule in the EPC and/or in the PCT. At the same time reference is provided to the relevant parts in the EPO Guidelines or PCT Applicant's Guide.
The references in the tables help to find out what the EPO will do and what the EPO expects the patent attorney to do in a given situation. This information can often (only) be found in the EPO Guidelines and PCT Applicant’s Guide. As these reference documents are not easily accessible, help is needed to find the relevant passages.
Apart from its usability for the EQE, the book is also a very suitable tool for practicing European patent attorneys who 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
European Qualifying Examination
The book Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT presents a reference guide for successfully answering the legal questions of the Pre‑Exam as well as the legal questions of Paper D of the EQE. In particular, all relevant topics relating to the EPC, the PCT and the Paris Convention are listed in this book in self-contained tables with reference to the EPO Guidelines and/or the PCT Applicant's Guide as well as other reference material as published by the EPO and the International Bureau of WIPO.
Candidates preparing for the legal and claim-analysis questions of the Pre-Exam or the legal questions for Paper D of the EQE have to study and internalise the topics. A time schedule is included allowing a structured study of the topics in regular time intervals.