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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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central industrial property offices

 

administrative and legal co-operation A 131(1); R 97, R 98(1)

 

conversion A 136(2); R 103

 

co-operation with the EPOff ProCen III(2)

 

exchange of information with the EPOff A 130

 

exchange of publications with the EPOff A 132

 

filing of a Eur. pat. appl. A 75, A 77; R 24(3); ProCen II, ProCen III

 

international preliminary examination in certain cases ProCen III

 

renunciation of activities as International Preliminary Examining Authority ProCen II

 

translations A 65(1), A 70(4)

 

treatment of Eur. pat. appl. ProCen IV

 

- see Contracting States


 

certificate for a Eur. pat. R 54, R 62a


 

Chairman of the Administrative Council A 27, A 159(2)


 

chemical products

 

protection for ~ A 167(2)(a)


 

claims see application documents

 

amendments A 123(1), A 138(2); R 2(6), R 41(1), R 49(3), R 51(1),(2), R 57(1),(3), R 57a, R 58(2), R 66(1), R 86, R 87

 

as part of a Eur. pat. appl. A 78(1)(c), A 80(d)

 

categories R 29(2)

 

clarity A 84

 

content A 84; R 29, R 36(1)

 

correction R 88

 

dependent ~ R 29(3),(4)

 

different ~ for different Contracting States R 16(2),(3), R 87

 

extent of protection A 69

 

for determining extent of protection A 69(1)

 

form and content R 29, R 35, R 36(1)

 

incurring fees R 31, R 51(7), R 110

 

independent ~ R 29(2)

 

invitation to file the ~ in amended form during opposition proceedings R 58

 

more than ten ~ R 51(7)

 

publication R 49(3), R 96(2)

 

translation A 14(7), A 67(3), A 70(3), A 97(5), A 102(5); R 51(6), R 58(5)


 

claims fee R 31, R 51(7),(8); RFees 2(15)

 

for international (Euro-PCT) applications R 110


 

classification see International Patent Classification


 

cloning human beings R 23d


 

common provisions governing procedure A 113-126


 

common representatives see representatives


 

communication

 

filing/notification by technical means of ~ R 24(1), R 36(5), R 77(2)(d)


 

communications of the EPOff R 68-70

 

between the EPOff and the authorities and courts of the Contracting States R 97

 

official ~ ProPrIm 10


 

compensation A 67(2); R 74(3),(4)


 

compositions A 52(4), A 54(5)


 

computer print-out R 77(1)


 

computer programs A 52(2)(c)


 

computers

 

excluded from patentability A 52(2)(c)

 

production of documents by ~ R 70(2)


 

conditions of employment A 13, A 33(2)(b), A 160(1); ProPrIm 23(3)


 

conservation of evidence R 75; RFees 2(17)


 

continuation of proceedings see proceedings


 
 

Contracting States

 

administrative and legal co-operation A 131(1); R 72, R 97, R 98

 

advances A 41, A 50(b), A 146, A 161(2)

 

ceasing to be parties to the EPC A 172(4), A 175, A 176

 

common law for the grant of patents for invention A 1

 

communications between the authorities of the ~ and the EPOff R 97

 

competence of the courts, see jurisdiction of the courts

 

courts A 9(4), A 131; ProRecog 7, ProRecog 8

 

denunciation of the EPC A 174

 

different claims, description and drawings for different States R 87

 

disputes concerning the interpretation of the EPC A 173

 

effects of the Eur. pat. appl. and Eur. pat. in each ~ A 2(2), A 139(1),(2)

 

forwarding of the Eur. pat. appl. A 77(2),(5)

 

initial contribution A 170

 

inspection of files by courts or official authorities A 131; R 98

 

jurisdiction of the courts A 9(4)(a); ProRecog 1-8

 

payments in respect of renewal fees A 37(b), A 39, A 40(1), A 47(3), A 50(b),(d), A 147, A 176(2)

 

procedure for letters rogatory R 99

 

recognition of decisions ProRecog 1(2), ProRecog 9, ProRecog 10

 

relations between ~ ProRecog 11

 

renunciation by the ~ ProCen I-IV

 

Representatives and alternate Representatives of the ~ A 26(1), A 27(2), A 159(1)

 

reservations A 167, A 178(2)(c)

 

restitutio in integrum A 122(7)

 

special financial contributions A 37(c), A 40, A 47(4), A 50(b),(d),(e), A 146, A 176(1)

 

sub-offices of the EPOff in the ~ A 7

 

transmittal of the international application A 152(2)

 

- see designation of ~

 

- see immunities


 

contracts

 

short-term ~ A 160(1)


 

Convention

 

on international exhibitions A 55(1)(b)

 

Vienna ~ on Diplomatic Relations ProPrIm 13(1)

 

- see European Patent Convention


 

conversion A 135-137; R 103

 

request for ~ into a national application A 135, A 136, A 162(4); R 92(1)(v)


 

conversion fee A 136(1); RFees 2(14)


 

co-operation

 

between the EPOff and other authorities in order to facilitate the proper administration of justice ProPrIm 20


 

corrections R 86-89


 

costs R 99(7) RFees 1

 

awarding of ~ RFees 2(16)

 

decisions fixing ~ which are subject to appeal RFees 11

 

fixing of costs A 104, A 106(5); R 63; RFees 2(16), RFees 11

 

laid down by the President of the Office RFees 3


 

courts of the Contracting States

 

file inspection A 131(1)

 

jurisdiction A 9(4), A 131; ProRecog 7, ProRecog 8


 

courts of the Federal Republic of Germany

 

jurisdiction ProRecog 6


 

creations A 52(2)(b)


 

currencies

 

currency exemptions for the EPOrg ProPrIm 9


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