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Guide for applicants, Part 1: How to get a European patent

 
 
Designation of inventor
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In your European patent application you must designate the inventor(s). 
If you yourself are not the inventor or are not the sole inventor, you must file the designation of the inventor in a separate document, which must indicate the origin of your right to the European patent. 
You can obtain forms for designating the inventor free of charge from the EPO and the national industrial property offices or you can download them from the EPO website (www.epo.org).
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The person designated as the inventor will be mentioned in the published European patent application, in the European patent specification, in the Register of European Patents and in the European Patent Bulletin, unless he waives this right in due time in advance of publication. 
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If you do not designate the inventor when you file the European patent application, you will be invited to correct this deficiency within sixteen months after the date of filing or the earliest priority date, and in any event no later than five weeks prior to the intended date of publication of the application (see point 149). If you fail to submit the designation of inventor within the specified period, your application will be refused (see point 140).