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European Patent Convention (EPC 1973)

 
 
A revised version of the European Patent Convention entered into force on 13 December 2007. The provisions of the revised Convention apply unless the transitional provisions provide for the applicability of the EPC 1973.

Article 112 82

Decision or opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal

Art. 22
R. 68, 89



(1) In order to ensure uniform application of the law, or if an important point of law arises:


(a) the Board of Appeal shall, during proceedings on a case and either of its own motion or following a request from a party to the appeal, refer any question to the Enlarged Board of Appeal if it considers that a decision is required for the above purposes. If the Board of Appeal rejects the request, it shall give the reasons in its final decision;


(b) the President of the European Patent Office may refer a point of law to the Enlarged Board of Appeal where two Boards of Appeal have given different decisions on that question.


(2) In the cases covered by paragraph 1(a) the parties to the appeal proceedings shall be parties to the proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal.


(3) The decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal referred to in paragraph 1(a) shall be binding on the Board of Appeal in respect of the appeal in question.



82 See decisions/opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 1/86, G 2/88, G 4/88, G 5/88, G 6/88, G 7/88, G 8/88, G 1/89, G 2/89, G 1/90, G 1/92, G 3/95, G 6/95, G 2/97, G 2/98, G 3/98, G 4/98, G 1/99, G 2/99, G 3/99, G 1/02, G 2/02 and G 3/02, G 1/03, G 2/03, G 3/03 (Annex I).

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Art. 112 Art. 112