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

 
 
When must the applicant file a translation of the Euro-PCT application?
515
If the Euro-PCT application was not published by the IB in an official language of the EPO (English, French, German), the applicant must, within the 31-month time limit, submit to the EPO a translation of the application into any such language (Form 1200, Section 7).  
516
If a translation must be filed, the language of the translation determines the language of the proceedings before the EPO (see point 424). At any time during the processing of the application in the European phase, errors made in the translation may be corrected.
517
If the international application has been published by the IB in an official language of the EPO, no translation is required and any translation that is nevertheless filed will be ignored, since the language of the proceedings may not be changed upon entry into the European phase. 
OJ 2010, 572
518
In written proceedings the applicant may use any official language of the EPO, but any amendments to the application must always be filed in the language of the proceedings (see point 424).
519
On the question of whether a translation of the priority document must be submitted, reference is made to points 630 ff.