4.1.1 Notification of decision under Rule 111 EPC.

When a substantive decision is given orally during oral proceedings it must be formally notified to the parties in writing (R. 111(1) EPC) and formally completed by giving reasons for the decision in writing (R. 111(2) EPC) (see T 390/86 (OJ 1989, 30). According to this decision, it was clear from R. 68 EPC 1973 (now R. 111 EPC) and Art. 108 EPC 1973 that until a substantive oral decision was formally completed in writing and notified to the parties, the two-month period within which a notice of appeal had to be filed did not begin.

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