Request for changes relating to an association of professional representatives (Form 52305 12.12) – download editable PDF form (PDF, 115 KB).
Article 134(2) EPC provides that only natural persons can undertake representation before the EPO. Under Rule 152(11) EPC, the authorisation of an association is deemed to be an authorisation of any representative who practises within that association.
An association consists of at least two professional representatives. In decision J 08/10 dated 5 October 2011, the Legal Board of Appeal ruled that a legal practitioner cannot be treated as a member of an association of representatives.