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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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date of filing

 

accordance A 90(1)(a),(2), A 162(2)

 

definition A 80

 

entry in the Register of European Patents R 92(1)(b)

 

Eur. pat. appl. A 80

 

in the European search report R 44(3)

 

new Eur. pat. appl. A 61(2)

 

of a divisional application A 76(1)

 

re-dating A 91(6); R 43

 

rights of the same date A 139


 

date of priority A 61(2), A 76(1), A 89

 

in the European search report R 44(3)

 

rights of the same date A 139


 

date of receipt R 24(2),(4)

 

- see date of filing


 

death or legal incapacity R 60, R 90(1), R 101(7), R 102(2)(a)


 

decisions R 68ff

 

corrections of errors R 89

 

excluded from inspection R 93(b)

 

fixing the amount of costs A 104(3)

 

form R 68, R 70

 

given in Contracting States on the right to grant ProRecog 9, ProRecog 10

 

grounds or evidence A 113

 

notification A 119; R 68(1), R 78(1)

 

partial transfer of rights by virtue of final ~ R 16

 

subject to appeal A 106

 

under appeal R 66(1)


 

declaration of priority see priority


 

deficiencies see corrections and rectification

 

appeal R 65

 

disclosure of ~ by the Examining Division A 96(2); R 51(2)

 

examination on filing as to formal requirements A 90(2), A 91(2),(6); R 39, R 41-43

 

notice of opposition R 56(1),(2)


 

delivery of mail see notification


 

departments of the EPOff see European Patent Office, special departments of the EPOff


 

dependent claims see claims


 

deposit

 

Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms R 28a(5)

 

depositary institution R 28(1)(a),(c)

 

equivalence of European filing with national filing A 66

 

instruments of accession and ratification A 165(2), A 166(3), A 172(3)

 

microbiological material R 28, R 28a


 

deposit accounts RFees 5(2), RFees 8(2)


 

depositary institutions see deposit, list of depositary institutions


 

deputy chairman of the Administrative Council A 27


 

description A 78(1)(b)

 

amendment A 123(1),(2), A 138(2); R 1(2), R 2(6), R 41(1), R 51(1),(2), R 57(1),(3), R 57a, R 58(2), R 86

 

content R 27

 

correction R 88

 

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

 

for determining the extent of protection A 69(1)

 

presentation R 35

 

sequence listings R 27a

 

- see application documents


 

designated Office

 

EPOff as ~ pursuant to the PCT A 149(2), A 150(3), A 153; R 107


 

designation

 

joint ~ A 149

 

of Contracting States A 61(1), A 76(2), A 79, A 80(b), A 128(5)(e), A 136(1); R 15(1), R 26(2)(h), R 49(2), R 51(10), R 53, R 58(7), R 62, R 96(1)


 

designation fee A 79(2),(3), A 91(4); RFees 2(3), RFees 9(2)

 
 

EPOff as designated or as elected Office R 106(b), R 107(1)(d), R 108

 

European divisional application A 76(3); R 25(2)

 

new Eur. pat. appl. A 61(3); R 15(2)

 

payment A 91(1)(e), A 91(4)

 

period of grace R 85a(1),(2)

 

refund A 77(5)

 

surcharge on the ~ RFees 2(3b),(3c)

 

- see application documents


 

diagnostic methods A 52(4), A 54(5)


 

diagrams R 32(3)


 

different applicants see applicants


 

Directorates

 

grouping R 12


 

Directorates-General R 12


 

disciplinary authority

 

over other employees A 10(2)(h)

 

over professional representatives A 134(8)(c), A 163(7)

 

over senior employees A 11(4)


 

disclosure

 

insufficient ~ A 100(b), A 138(1)(b)

 

non-prejudicial ~ A 55; R 23

 

of the invention A 83; R 28(1)

 

summary of the ~ R 33(2)


 

discoveries

 

excluded from patentability A 52(2)(a)


 

dislocation of proper functioning of the EPOff R 85(4)


 

disputes

 

between Contracting States concerning the EPC A 173

 

between the EPOrg and employees of the EPOff A 13

 

concerning immunities ProPrIm 23, ProPrIm 24

 

concerning the right to grant ProRecog 1-11


 

divisional application see European divisional application


 

documents

 

excluded from file inspection R 93(d)

 

language A 14(1)-(5); R 1

 

mentioned in search report A 92(2); R 44(1)-(4)

 

name, signature, seal R 70

 

notification R 77

 

number R 35(2), R 36(1),(4), R 61a, R 66(1), R 104(1)

 

requests for ~ R 59

 

transfer ProPrIm 10


 

drawings

 

amendments A 123(1),(2), A 138(2); R 1(2), R 16(2),(3), R 41(1), 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)(d)

 

correction R 88

 

different ~ for different Contracting States R 87

 

for determining extent of protection A 69(1)

 

form R 32, R 35, R 36(1)

 

in the description R 27(1)(e)

 

in the request for grant R 27(1)(d)

 

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

 

late-filed or missing ~ A 91(6); R 43

 

prohibited matter R 34(1)(a),(2)

 

publication of ~ in the abstract R 33(4)

 

- see application documents


 

duties

 

on goods imported and exported by the EPOrg ProPrIm 4, ProPrIm 5, ProPrIm 6, ProPrIm 7


 

duties of office

 

of the employees of the EPOff A 12


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