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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 114 84

Examination by the European Patent Office of its own motion

R. 71a

(1) In proceedings before it, the European Patent Office shall examine the facts of its own motion; it shall not be restricted in this examination to the facts, evidence and arguments provided by the parties and the relief sought.

(2) The European Patent Office may disregard facts or evidence which are not submitted in due time by the parties concerned.

84 See decisions/opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 7/91, G 8/91, G 9/91, G 10/91, G 4/92, G 9/92, G 8/93, G 10/93, G 1/95, G 7/95, G 1/97, G 1/99 (Annex I).

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