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

 
 
Non-observance of the requirement to appoint a professional representative
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In case of failure to appoint a professional representative where this is required, the applicant will be invited by the EPO to do so within a time limit of two months. Until the EPO is informed of a (valid) appointment, any procedural step taken by the applicant will be deemed not to have been taken. If within due time the deficiency has not been corrected, the application will be refused.  
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The refusal may be remedied by a request for further processing. The request will be granted if within two months from notification of the refusal a professional representative is appointed and the fee for further processing is paid.