The 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.

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Since its first edition in 1994 Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention has provided the European patent community with the necessary insights to practise successfully before the European Patent Office.

  • Best-selling Article-by-Article commentary with expert guidance on the interpretation of each paragraph
  • Updated annually
  • By authority Derk Visser
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The Team

Derk Visser

Derk Visser

The Author is patent attorney and partner at EIP LLP in London and lecturer European patent law at Ceipi Strasbourg.


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Peter de Lange

Peter is a European and Dutch patent attorney. Peter graduated in chemistry and in law and completed an internship with the Boards of Appeal during his studies.

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Kaisa Suominen

European Patent Attorney Kaisa Suominen joined a Finnish private practice firm after her graduation and has since mainly worked in private practice, including five years as managing director. She is currently working at Laine IP 

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Laurence Lai

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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In addition, the Visser’s EPC Smart Charts tool will guide you per topic to the relevant article, case law and commentary
  • Covers commentary from Visser's Annotated European Patent Convention and Case Law of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office
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  • Includes useful links to the EPO website
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