Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention 2022 Edition



By: Kaisa Suominen, Peter de Lange, Andrew Rudge

ISBN: 9789403545011

Publication date: 20 May 2022


The book, Visser’s Annotated European Patent Convention, is a commentary on the European Patent Convention and a bestseller in European patent law.


The 2022 edition of this preeminent work – the only regularly updated authoritative article-by-article commentary in English on the European Patent Convention (EPC), its implementing regulations, and associated case law provides the complete text of the law annotated with commentary and expert guidance on the interpretation of each paragraph. Since its first edition in 1994 it has provided the European patent community with the necessary insights to practice successfully before the European Patent Office. The EPO recommends the Visser’s Annotated European Patent Convention as the first book in its list of non-EPO/WIPO literature to be used for the preparation of the European qualifying examination.

In addition to a thorough updating of developments, new material in the 2022 edition includes the following:


-       Amended EPO Guidelines that entered into force on 01.03.2022

-       Consolidated discussion of procedures relating to oral proceedings held by videoconference

-       Commentary on recent amendments to the Implementing Regulations

-       Recent decisions of the boards of appeal


The 2022 edition is suitable for candidates preparing for the EQE 2023 (pre-examination and main examination); a PDF supplement with an overview of any major legal changes between 01.03.2022 and 31.10.2022 will be made available via this webpage at the end of 2022.

Previous edition: Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention 2021 Edition by Peter de Lange, Laurence Lai, Kaisa Suominen, Derk Visser (ISBN 9789403532035)


Table Of Contents:



Previous Editions

Contributors to the 2022 Edition

Revision note


Convention on the Grant of European Patents

Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents

Protocol on the Interpretation of Article 69

Protocol on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Decisions in respect of the Right to the Grant of a European Patent

Rules relating to Fees

Cross-reference index

Case Law Table

Index to the AEPC

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