Guidance

Working with the EPO to improve UK patent search timeliness

The EPO will be completing some searches of biotechnology patent applications for us. This guidance provides details of how that will work in practice.

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Details

This guidance covers the following points:

  • why the EPO is completing some searches of biotechnology patent applications on behalf of the IPO
  • the number of UK patent applications we expect the EPO to search
  • how this will work in practice for those applications
  • how customers may be able to benefit from fee reductions at the EPO
  • who to contact if you have any queries
Published 1 February 2019