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Computer-generated communications 

In T 225/96, the board noted that the forms accompanying the decisions are never signed, because they are computer-generated and therefore, under R. 70(2) EPC 1973 (now R. 113(2) EPC), a seal may replace the signature.

In J 14/07 the communication refusing the request for reimbursement of 50% of the examination fee constituted a decision within the meaning of Art. 106(1) EPC 1973, even though it was not signed (see point 4.1.2 above). The mere indication of the name of the formalities officer without any signature, but which had been replaced by a seal, complied with the requirements of the then current R. 70(2) EPC 1973 because the communication was produced using a computer.