Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention

Visser's Annotated Patent Convention is a commentary on the European Patent Convention and a bestseller in European patent law. Each year a new, updated edition of the book is published and available in paperback form.

The 2019 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 2000 Convention 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. Moreover, Visser’s Annotated European Patent Convention is available digitally through Kluwer IP Law ( the master online resource for IP rights and registration.

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 this edition includes the following:

  •     New Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal;
  •     New EPO Guidelines that enter into force on 01.11.2019;
  •     The references to Guidelines 2018 are kept for the eqe 2020 candidates.

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The Author is patent attorney and partner at EIP LLP in London and lecturer European patent law at Ceipi Strasbourg 
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Laurence is a European and UK patent attorney and has worked in IP since 2013. He advises a range of clients, from university tech transfer offices to global Software-as-a-Service providers 
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Peter earned a BSc in chemistry and MSc in Nanomaterials (2011) and also obtained a degree in law (LLM cum laude in 2011, next to an LLB)
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European Patent Attorney Kaisa Suominen joined a Finnish private practice firm after her graduation and stayed at the Berggren Group for over 15 years
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