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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 150 102

Application of the Patent Cooperation Treaty

R. 85b, 107



(1) The Patent Cooperation Treaty of 19 June 1970, hereinafter referred to as the Cooperation Treaty, shall be applied in accordance with the provisions of this Part.


(2) International applications filed under the Cooperation Treaty may be the subject of proceedings before the European Patent Office. In such proceedings, the provisions of that Treaty shall be applied, supplemented by the provisions of this Convention. In case of conflict, the provisions of the Cooperation Treaty shall prevail. In particular, for an international application the time limit within which a request for examination must be filed under Article 94, paragraph 2, of this Convention shall not expire before the time prescribed by Article 22 or Article 39 of the Cooperation Treaty as the case maybe.


(3) An international application, for which the European Patent Office acts as designated Office or elected Office, shall be deemed to be a European patent application.


(4) Where reference is made in this Convention to the Cooperation Treaty, such reference shall include the Regulations under that Treaty.



102 See decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 5/93, G 2/02 and G 3/02 (Annex I).

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