Guidelines and Manuals of National/Regional Patent Offices

The formalities and substantive requirements for filing patent applications and for granting patents vary from one country or region to the other. The following list provides links to guidelines and manuals of national/regional patent offices.

National/Regional OfficeGuidelines and manuals
Argentina Directrices sobre Patentamiento (Spanish only)
Australia Manual of Practice and Procedure
Austria Richtlinien zur Bearbeitung von Patentanmeldungen (Guidelines for Patent Examination - German only)
Bolivia Manual para el Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención en las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países de la Comunidad Andina (Spanish only)
Bulgaria General information on patents and utility models protection in Bulgaria (Bulgarian only) Patents and utility models: procedure (Bulgarian only) Patents and utility models: forms (Bulgarian only)
Canada Manual of Patent Office Practice (MOPOP) / Recueil des pratiques du Bureau des brevets (RPBB)
Chile Directrices de Examen y procedimiento de Registro de Patentes (Spanish only)
China Examination Guidelines English / Chinese
Colombia Manual para el Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención en las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países de la Comunidad Andina (Spanish only)
Costa Rica Manual de Organización y Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención de las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países del Istmo Centroamericano y La República Dominicana (Spanish only)
Croatia Guidelines for Patent Search and Examination Guidelines for Patent Search and Examination (Croatian)
Czech Republic General information - patents   General information - utility models   Guidelines  (Czech only)
Denmark Guidelines for Patents (Danish only)
Dominican Republic Manual de Organización y Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención de las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países del Istmo Centroamericano y La República Dominicana (Spanish only)
Ecuador Manual para el Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención en las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países de la Comunidad Andina (Spanish only)
Egypt Manual for Filing Patent Application (Arabic only)
El Salvador Manual de Organización y Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención de las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países del Istmo Centroamericano y La República Dominicana (Spanish only)
Finland Patenttikäsikirja (Guidelines for Search and Examination - Finnish only)  Opas patentinhakijalle (Guide for Patent Applicants - Finnish only)  Guide för patentsökande (Guide for Patent Applicants - Swedish only)  Applying for a Patent in Finland
France Directives examen demande de brevets
Germany General information: Patent Protection Guidelines for the Examination Procedure (P 2796.1) Merkblatt für die Hinterlegung von biologischem Material für die Zwecke von Patent-und Gebrauchsmusterverfahren (X1200) (Information for the deposit of biological material for the purpose of patent and utility model procedures – German only) Information for Patent Applicants (P 2791.1) All related documents are available.
Greece Guidelines on How to Acquire Patents, Patents of Addition (PoA) and Utility Model Certificates (UMC) (2001) Guidelines to applicants (2011 – Greek only)
Guatemala Manual de Organización y Examen de Solicitudes de Patentes de Invención de las Oficinas de Propiedad Industrial de los Países del Istmo Centroamericano y La República Dominicana (Spanish only)
Hungary General information on patenting procedures   Guidelines for patent examination (Hungarian only)
India Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure
Ireland How to apply for a patent
Israel Examination Guidelines (Hebrew only)
Japan Examination Guidelines for Patent and Utility Model in Japan
Lithuania Rules on filing, examination of patent applications and grant of patents  (Lithuanian only)
Mexico Guía del Usuario de Patentes y Modelos de Utilidad (Spanish only)
New Zealand Patent Examination Manual
Norway General information on patents Retningslinjer for saksbehandlere (Guidelines for Search and Examination – Norwegian only)
Philippines The Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations for Patents, Utility Models And Industrial Designs (March 1, 2012) Examination Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Patent Applications Involving Known Substances (February 15, 2012)
Poland How to patent an invention or protect a utility model (Polish only) Guidance inventor. Application procedures in the national, European, international law (Polish only) Inventions of small and medium-sized enterprises (Polish only) Guidance inventor. Methods of examination of the patentability of inventions and utility models (Polish only)
Portugal Manual for interpretation of the Industrial Property Code (Portuguese only)
Republic of Korea Patent Examination Guidelines
Republic of Moldova Information on patents
Romania The Patent Applicant’s Guide
Singapore Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications at IPOS
Slovak Republic Methodology of patent procedure (Slovak only) Instruction of the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic Defining Uniform Layout of a Patent Application
South Africa General information
Spain Manual del solicitante (Applicant’s manual – Spanish only – February 2012) Directrices de examen de la solicitud de patentes (Patent application examination guidelines – Spanish only – October 2006) Modelo de Utilidad, Manual del solicitante (Utility Model Applicant’s manual – Spanish only) CCP´s, Instrucciones (Supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) – Spanish only) Diseño Industrial Nacional, Manual del solicitante (National Industrial Design Applicant’s manual – Spanish only) Directrices Procedimiento Concesión de Diseños Industriales (Procedural Guidelines concerning the Grant of Industrial Designs – Spanish only) Patente Europea: Manual (European Patent Manual – Spanish only – July 2012) La protección internacional de las Invenciones (PCT), Manual (International protection of inventions (PCT) Manual – Spanish only – July 2012)
Sweden PRV Guidelines for search and examination (Swedish only)
Switzerland Richtlinien für die Sachprüfung der nationalen Patentanmeldungen / Directives relatives à l'examen quant au fond de demandes de brevet nationales (Guidelines for substantive examination of national patents – German and French only)
United Kingdom Work Manuals Manual of Patent Practice   Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications relating to Biotechnological Inventions Examination Guidelines for Patent Applications relating to Medical Inventions Formalities Manual Hearings Manual Litigation Manual Opinions manual
United States of America Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
EAPO How to Get a Eurasian Patent
EPO Guide for Applicants / Guide du déposant Case Law and Appeals / Jurisprudence et recours
OAPI Guide du déposant (Guide for Applicants – French only)