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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.

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A


 

abstract A 78(1)(e), A 85, A 91(3)

 

definitive content R 47

 

filing A 91(1)(c)

 

form and content R 33, R 35

 

publication R 49(1)


 

accounting officer A 50(c)


 

accounting period of the EPOrg A 43, A 45, A 161


 

accounts

 

auditing of ~ A 49, A 50(a)

 

rendering of ~ A 50(a)


 

additional fee A 86(2),(3); R 37(2)

 

belated payment of a renewal fee A 86(2),(3), A 97(2)(c); R 37(2),(3); RFees 2(5)


 

administration of justice

 

co-operation between the EPOrg and other authorities ProPrIm 20


 

administrative and legal co-operation A 131; R 72, R 97-99


 

Administrative Council A 4(2)(b),(3)

 

advisers A 26(2)

 

agenda A 29(4),(5)

 

Board A 28, A 159(3)

 

chairman A 27, A 28(2)

 

chairmanship A 27

 

competence, see powers

 

composition A 26

 

decisions A 35

 

decisions on immunities ProPrIm 17

 

deputy chairman A 27, A 28(2)

 

equipment A 32

 

experts A 26(2)

 

immunity of participants at meetings of the ~ A 8; ProPrIm 12

 

languages A 31

 

meetings A 29, A 30

 

members A 26(2)

 

powers A 10(3), A 11, A 23(1),(4), A 33, A 39(3), A 40(5), A 41(2), A 44(2), A 46(2), A 47(2), A 49(1),(4), A 87(5), A 95, A 130(3), A 134(8), A 145(1), A 146, A 151(3), A 154(2), A 155(2), A 156, A 157(3),(4), A 160(1),(2), A 161(2), A 162(1),(2),(3), A 166(1)(b), A 167(3), A 172(2), A 173(1); R 10(6); ProPrIm 16(1), ProPrIm 17, ProPrIm 19(2), ProPrIm 24(1),(2), ProPrIm 25, ProCen I-VIII

 

premises A 32

 

request for examination and time limit A 95

 

Rules of Procedure A 29(4),(5), A 33(2)(e)

 

select committee A 145

 

staff A 32

 

terms of office A 27(2)

 

transitional period A 159

 

transitional provisions A 159ff

 

voting rights A 34

 

voting rules A 35, A 36; ProCen VIII

 

weighting of votes A 36; ProCen VIII


 

administrative fees R 20(2), R 21(1),(2), R 54, R 92(3), R 94(2), R 95; RFees 3(1),(3)


 

administrative structure of the EPOff R 12


 

advances A 161(2)

 

by the Contracting States A 41, A 50(b)


 

Agreement A 30(1),(2), A 33(4); R 8; ProCen IV(1)(d),(2)(c)

 

~ between the International Patent Institute and the EPOrg ProCen I(1)(a)

 

Hague ~ ProCen I(1)(a)


 

agreements by EPOff/EPOrg A 132(2), A 151(2),(3), A 154(1),(2), A 155(1),(2); ProPrIm 25

 

special ~ A 142-149; ProCen IV(1)(d),(2)(c)


 

agricultural processes

 

protection for ~ A 167(2)(b)


 

agriculture

 

industrial application A 57


 

amending budget A 10(2)(d), A 36, A 42(1), A 46(2), A 48


 

amendments

 

Eur. pat. and Eur. pat. appl. A 123, A 138(2); R 1(2), R 2(6), R 16(2),(3), R 41(1), R 51(1),(2),(5),(6), R 57(1),(3), R 57a, R 58(2), R 71a(2), R 86, R 87, R 109

 

list of professional representatives R 102


 

amendments and corrections R 86-89


 

amino acid sequences

 

Eur. pat. appl. relating to ~ R 27a


 
 

animals

 

exceptions to patentability R 23c

 

modifying the genetic identity of ~ R 23d

 

processes for the production of ~ A 53(b); R 23b(5)


 

animal varieties

 

excluded from patentability A 53(b)


 

appeal

 

by employees A 13(2)

 

content of the notice of ~ R 64

 

decision in respect of appeals A 111

 

decisions subject to ~ A 106; RFees 11

 

deficiencies R 65

 

examination A 110; R 66

 

interlocutory revision A 109

 

observations by the parties A 110(2),(3)

 

persons entitled to ~ A 107

 

rejection as inadmissible R 65

 

time limit and form of appeal A 108


 

appeal fees R 6(3); RFees 2(11), RFees 12

 

reimbursement R 67


 

appeals procedure A 106-112; R 64-67, R 90(2)-(4)

 

persons entitled to appeal and to be parties to appeal proceedings A 107


 

applicant

 

~ is not entitled R 13-16

 

~ is not the inventor R 17(3)

 

claims against the ~ ProRecog 1(1), ProRecog 2

 

comments by the ~ during the examination procedure R 51(1)

 

death or legal incapacity of the ~ R 90(1)(a),(b)

 

entries in the Register of European Patents R 92(1)(f)

 

identity A 80(c)

 

information about the publication of the European search report R 50

 

information in the request for grant R 26(2)(c)

 

residence ProRecog 3

 

restitutio in integrum A 122

 

right to a Eur. pat. A 60(3)


 

applicants

 

different ~ A 118; R 52

 

joint ~ A 118

 

multiple ~ A 59, A 118; R 26(3), R 52


 

application

 

by persons not having the right to a Eur. pat. A 61

 

entitled persons A 58

 

- see European patent application

 

- see international application

 

- see national patent application


 

application documents

 

deficiencies R 41

 

filed subsequently R 36

 

for international (Euro-PCT) applications R 107(1)(b)

 

general provisions R 35

 

parts R 35(5)


 

application fee see filing fee

 

national ~ on conversion A 137(2)(a)


 

assets of the EPOrg A 49(3)


 

assignment of Eur. pat. appl. A 72; R 20


 

auditing of accounts A 49, A 50(a)


 

auditors A 49(1),(2),(4)


 

authorisations A 133(3); R 101


 

authorities

 

information to the public or official ~ A 127-132; R 92-96


 

authorities of the Contracting States

 

- see central industrial property offices


 

authority referred to in Rule 10(2) R 10(2),(3), R 11


 

awarding of costs see costs


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