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

 
 
XVI.
Publication of the Euro-PCT application by the EPO 
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In principle, the international publication of an international application takes the place of the publication of a European patent application.  
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In accordance with this principle, a Euro-PCT application published by the IB in an official language of the EPO enjoys, subject to the provisions of Article 67(3) EPC, provisional protection as from the date of the international publication. The EPO will, once the application has entered the European phase, notify the applicant of the publication of the bibliographic data of the Euro-PCT application in the European Patent Bulletin and confirm that the application, subject to the provisions of Article 67(3) EPC, enjoys provisional protection in the individual EPC contracting states.
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If the Euro-PCT application was published by the IB in a language other than one of the three official languages of the EPO, the EPO will publish the translation of the Euro-PCT application submitted by the applicant upon entry into the European phase (see point 505). In that case the provisional protection is, subject to Article 67(3) EPC, only effective as from the date of publication of the translation by the EPO.