Nucleotide and amino acid sequences (Form 1200, Section 9)
527
Where the Euro-PCT application discloses nucleotide or amino acid sequences, a sequence listing in electronic (text) form drawn up in compliance with WIPO Standard ST.25 must be available to the EPO as a designated/elected Office on expiry of the 31-month time limit. The sequence listing should not be filed on paper. Extensive information is provided in the Notice from the EPO dated 18 October 2013. The sequence listing must be filed in electronic (TXT) format only; consequently, a sequence listing filed on paper or in PDF format is not permitted and will be disregarded.
528
As a rule the required sequence listing will be available to the EPO if it was contained in the international application under Rule 5.2 PCT or filed under Rule 13ter PCT with the EPO acting as ISA/SISA or IPEA (see points 157 ff). Further, it will also be accessible to the EPO if it is made available by WIPO on Patentscope and can be downloaded in a usable form.
529
The applicant should in due time verify whether the sequence listing is available to the EPO in the required form and, if it is not, file it before expiry of the 31-month time limit in electronic (TXT) format online or on a data carrier.
530
If a sequence listing must be filed upon entry into the European phase, the applicant must enclose a statement to the effect that the sequence listing contains only the sequence information contained in the sequence listing does not go beyond the content of the original application documents. This statement can be made by crossing the appropriate box in Section 9.2 of Form 1200.
531
A translation of any text matter in a sequence listing which forms part of the description or which was filed subsequently need only be provided if it is not yet available to the EPO in English (see point 518519).

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