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Case Law of the Boards of Appeal

 
 
1. Introduction

The EPO first examines whether a patent application satisfies the requirements for the accordance of a date of filing in accordance with the Implementing Regulations (Art. 80 EPC, Art. 90(1) EPC and R. 40 EPC). Only if an application is accorded a date of filing is the examination as to formal requirements commenced (Art. 90(3) EPC).