In 2018, the European Patent Office (EPO) began revising section F.IV.4 of the EPO Guidelines for Examination related to clarity and interpretation of claims. The focus of the amendments was on the adaption of the description of patent applications to the (amended and allowable) claims required for the grant of European patent applications. These new guidelines, and their imposed legal risks and increase on the work and costs for applicants have led to an ongoing debate between the EPO and the user community.
In the September/October 2022 issue of “The Patent Lawyer”, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and patent attorney Felix Hermann provides a comprehensive insight into the discussion as well as the legal issues involved. In addition, he highlights the impact of the revised EPO Guidelines for Examination 2022 on the EPO’s examination of European patent applications.
The article by Felix Hermann is available here on page 11 of the download PDF.