The self-editable commented European Patent Convention
No more marking a printed EPC commentary by hand and watching the marked-up book to become outdated with the next version...
What is the EPC.App?
EPC.App is an annotated European Patent Convention (EPC), which allows each user to further annotate it electronically and to receive updates from the authors without losing individual user annotations.
EPC.App is an electronic book implemented as a web browser application, which offers for registered users:
- to access and navigate the annotated EPC from anywhere via an internet connection (preferably on a display of 10" or larger)
to adapt authors' annotations to personal preferencesarrow_drop_down
- remove individual authors' markings
- change marking styles
- hide individual authors' comments and legal contents
to add own annotations, which get stored in the cloudarrow_drop_down
- markings of the legal text
- comments as separate text blocks (with links to other parts)
- further elements selectable from a comprehensive database of relevant legal contents
- to receive automatic updates of legal texts and authors' comments twice per year (in November and in April)
- to create a printable PDF-file as offline version or backup, which includes all self-edited annotations and closely reproduces the layout from the web browser application
EPC.App is available in English and in German (with same content). All articles, rules and protocols of the EPC as well as the Rules relating to Fees are fully reproduced, insofar as they are not hidden by the user. They are provided in extendable manner with abstracts from the Examination Guidelines, Official Journal articles and case law, as well as numerous cross-references. The content is ordered according to the articles of the Convention, to which the rules of the Implementing Regulations are assigned. The display is in a two-column layout, for non-disrupted reading of the legal texts in the left column, as well as comments assigned to the individual paragraphs in the right column. The PDF-file makes up more than 600 A4 pages with default settings already without personal user annotations.
For whom is the EPC.App?
EPC.App is intended for both the Practitioner and the Trainee. It is dedicated to be used when preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) and for working as a Professional thereafter.
- People are different. We believe that the optimum preparation for the EQE requires an annotated EPC which is adapted to the personal needs of the respective user
- EPC.App provides a platform and a starting point for doing this efficiently
- start with authors' content selections, comments, and markings
- adapt all authors' contributions according to your wishes, and add own comments and markings
- receive authors' updates during your exam preparation process without losing already created own annotations
- There are great books full of detailed information on the EPC
- EPC.App helps finding the most relevant information quickly
- by filtering out less important information
- by allowing electronic content search
- by providing links to other parts of the EPC and external websites
- It requires a lot of time and discipline to keep a once prepared EPC up-to-date
- EPC.App allows doing this in a time-saving and convenient manner
- by author-provided automatic updates
- by automatically generated notes informing which of your own comments require reconsideration, and automatic copying of unaffected comments
- It is difficult to efficiently remember important case law retrieved over time
- EPC.App allows building up your own annotated case law database
- plural thousands Boards of Appeal decisions including headnotes and web-links to the full text, and the possibility to add own summarizing comments
- variable placement of decision (e.g. next to a related article)
- always available in a cloud storage as well as in a printable local pdf copy
We are happy and proud to announce that Pete Pollard has joined our team as further author for the next book using the EPC.App platform: PCT.App – The self-editable commented Patent Cooperation Treaty (more details here).
For all those who prefer to start with a classical book, a printed version of EPC.App (April 2019 Edition) with all authors' annotations can also be ordered as paperback on Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk or in your local marketplace). This version has US-letter format (2.6cm thick), our default color layout, and an additonal edge index for different parts of the EPC, which is visible on the closed book's edge.
We now updated the content of the EPC.App to legal status of 1st April 2019 and also included all valuable feedback from our EQE users. For more detailed information, please refer to the FAQ.
In the App, all changes are explained by blue update notes and you can conveniently jump through the electronic book from one change to the other using the notes assistant.
The update notes can also be exported to the PDF to track amended pages and minimize printing effort for replacements.
EPC.App provides new options of adapting the book layout to your personal preferences.
After login, under "Settings", the marking styles (e.g. underline, highlight, bold, ...) can now be changed per marking category, and then consistently affect all markings of the changed type throughout the book, both in the Web browser view and in the generated PDF.
New PDF generation options for optimizing the PDF either for printout as a loose-leaf collection or for electronic reading / creating a bound printed book. Depending on the setting, the total number of pages in the PDF can be reduced by more than 250 without removing any real content of the book.
Completion of pre-release test phase and official start of usage for everybody with updated legal status (1st November 2018, usable for EQE 2019). As of now, users can purchase permanent licenses after signing in to the EPC.App user area.
Start of pre-release phase:
As of now, you can register for a free test account valid until 31.10.2018, which allows to read the entire content and to test editing functions.
Candidates preparing for the European Qualifying Examination 2019 may now receive a printable complete PDF with all authors' comments free of charge for personal use.
Further information can be found on the Prices page.