Guidance

Examining patent applications relating to chemical inventions

These guidelines set out how we examine patent applications for chemical inventions.

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This guide covers

  • introduction
  • basic considerations
  • novelty
  • plausibility
  • inventive step
  • industrial application
  • plurality
  • sufficiency
  • annex A - index of court cases and IPO decisions
  • annex B - index of European Patent Office and Technical Board of Appeal decisions
  • footnotes
Published 9 May 2014
Last updated 5 June 2017 + show all updates
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