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Guide for applicants, Part 2: PCT procedure before the EPO (Euro-PCT Guide)

 
 
I.
General 
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Since 1 July 2010 the EPO, in its capacity as an International Authority under the PCT, acts not only as an ISA and an IPEA but also as a Supplementary International Searching Authority (SISA). This chapter first sets out the procedure before the EPO acting as ISA, and at the end provides information on the procedure before the EPO acting as SISA (see points 271 ff). Chapter D provides information on the procedure before the EPO acting as IPEA.
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The Agreement EPO-WIPO sets out particulars of the procedures before the EPO as an International Authority. The agreement dated October 2007, currently in force, was last revised with effect from 1 July 2010. Annex AC, Part I, of the agreement was revised with effect from 1 April 2012January 2015.
OJ 2010, 304
OJ 2012, 256