The new edition of the bestseller The Annotated European Patent Convention (Derk Visser, 2010) will be published on paper on 15 December 2010, but is already available for subscribers on www.KluwerPatentLaw.com. The 18th edition of the book has been updated till 15 November 2010. It contains the consolidated text of the EPC accompanied by extensive commentary and a detailed overview of the PCT with cross-references to the EPC.
The new edition includes amendments within the framework of the EPO initiative Raising the Bar. It covers the restrictions on filing divisional applications, the amended search procedures, restrictions in amendment of the application, and the mandatory response to the opinion accompanying the European search report and the PCT written opinion. It also includes the latest interpretation of these amendments provided by the EPO.