Saturday, 16 January 2010

Printable PCT Applicants Guide now available for EQE 2010

Thanks to Cees Mulder (known to EQE candidates as the author of the Cross-referenced PCT) for letting me know about the latest version printable PCT Applicants Guide.
The EQE Examination Board arranges each year that the WIPO produces a printable version of the PCT Applicants Guide to take to the exam. These are large files (1600 pages). No electronic equipment is allowed at the EQE, so you have no choice - you have to print out what you want to take.

PCT Applicant's Guide (Special edition as of 31 December 2009 prepared for EQE candidates)
International Phase [PDF] (4,767 KB) - 665 pages.
National Phase [PDF] (19,867 KB) - 1023 pages.


I complained about the size at the last Tutor's meeting, and the Exam Committee admitted that some parts will never be the subject of EQE questions (like the national chapter in Ukraine ;-) However, no-one wanted to define an official minimum list.

Based on the syllabus, past questions, the largest patent office, and the most popular national entries, my minimum list would be:
1) The whole of the international phase pdf document (Applicants Guide & all annexes)
2) For the national phase pdf, only (should save about 400 pages)

- National Phase Guide: p3-p21
- National chapters for biggest offices CN, EP, JP, KR, US
- "National" chapters for other regions: AP, EA, OA 

- National chapters for all EPC members states (see below for the list - note that some have closed there national routes. For these, the EP "national" chapter applies)
- National chapters for all Extension states (AL, BA, RS)
- National chapters for top 15 dO/eO's not yet mentioned: AU, BR, CA, IL, IN, MX, NZ, RU, SG, ZA



To avoid printing difficulties select “Fit to Printable Area” in the “Page Scaling” options when printing.
You can reduce the amount you have to carry by printing double-side with 4 pages per A4 sheet - I think it is still readable.



EPC members and extension states

Status: 31/12/2009

Code
Member state
Since
AT
Austria
1 May 1979
BE
Belgium
7 October 1977
BG
Bulgaria
1 July 2002
CH
Switzerland
7 October 1977
CY
Cyprus
1 April 1998
CZ
Czech Republic
1 July 2002
DE
Germany
7 October 1977
DK
Denmark
1 January 1990
EE
Estonia
1 July 2002
ES
Spain
1 October 1986
FI
Finland
1 March 1996
FR
France
7 October 1977
GB
United Kingdom
7 October 1977
GR
Greece
1 October 1986
HR
Croatia
1 January 2008
HU
Hungary
1 January 2003
IE
Ireland
1 August 1992
IS
Iceland
1 November 2004
IT
Italy
1 December 1978
LI
Liechtenstein
1 April 1980
LT
Lithuania
1 December 2004
LU
Luxembourg
7 October 1977
LV
Latvia
1 July 2005
MC
Monaco
1 December 1991
MK
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
1 January 2009
MT
Malta
1 March 2007
NL
Netherlands
7 October 1977
NO
Norway
1 January 2008
PL
Poland
1 March 2004
PT
Portugal
1 January 1992
RO
Romania
1 March 2003
SE
Sweden
1 May 1978
SI
Slovenia
1 December 2002
SK
Slovakia
1 July 2002
SM
San Marino
1 July 2009
TR
Turkey 
1 November 2000

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