The "Unitary Patent Guide" aims to provide companies, inventors and their representatives with an outline of the procedure involved in obtaining a Unitary Patent from the European Patent Office (EPO) once it has granted a European patent on the basis of the provisions laid down in the European Patent Convention (EPC).
A print version of the Guide is not available.
To access the HTML version or download the PDF version, you can use links under “Additional information” below.
The Guide also deals with the accessory procedures relating to Unitary Patents, such as those to be followed under the compensation scheme for translation costs or when registering a statement on licences of right, and gives an overview of the rules on how to pay renewal fees for Unitary Patents.
Available formats and updating
The PDF file contains the latest printable edition (2nd edition, April 2022). This is the best version for offline browsing, including full-text search functionality.
The most up-to-date version of the Guide can be found in the HTML file, which is optimised for online use. This HTML version is regularly updated; changes made since the edition in the printable PDF file can be viewed by checking the "Show modifications" box in the top right‑hand corner. Insertions are displayed with a green background and deletions in red strikethrough font. For sections in which no changes have been made, the check box is greyed out.