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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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elected Office

 

EPOff as an ~ pursuant to the PCT A 156; R 107


 

embryos R 23d


 

emergency conditions A 63(2)(a)


 

employees of the EPOff

 

appeals by ~ A 13(2)

 

appointment A 10(2)(g), A 11, A 159(1), A 160

 

appointment of senior ~ A 11

 

Berlin sub-office/branch at The Hague ProCen I

 

conditions of employment A 33(2)(b), A 160(1)

 

disciplinary authority over senior ~ A 11(4)

 

disciplinary authority over the ~ A 10(2)(h)

 

disputes between the ~ and the employer concerning the right to the grant of a Eur. pat. ProRecog 5(2)

 

disputes between the EPOrg and the ~ A 13; ProPrIm 23(3), ProPrIm 24

 

duties and charges on personal goods ProPrIm 6

 

duties of office A 12

 

entry, stay and departure ProPrIm 11

 

immunities A 8; ProPrIm 14, ProPrIm 17

 

invention of ~ A 60(1); ProRecog 4

 

liability A 9(3)

 

pension scheme A 33(2)(c)

 

pensions A 33(2); ProPrIm 16(2)

 

professional secret A 12

 

promotion A 10(2)(g)

 

salaries ProPrIm 16(1)

 

salary scales A 33(2)(b)

 

Service Regulations for permanent ~ A 33(2)(b)

 

short-term contracts A 160

 

social security ProPrIm 18

 

tax on salaries and pensions ProPrIm 16


 

employer

 

disputes between the ~ and the employee concerning the right to the grant of a Eur. pat. ProRecog 5(2)


 

Enlarged Board of Appeal

 

allocation of duties R 11

 

as a department charged with the procedure A 15(g)

 

composition A 22(2)

 

decision and opinion A 112; R 68

 

members A 11(1), A 23, A 24, A 160(2)

 

responsibilities A 22(1)

 

Rules of Procedure A 23(4); R 11(2)


 

entitlement to the grant of a Eur. pat. A 61; R 13, R 16; ProRecog 1ff


 

errors in documents R 88


 

European divisional application

 

designation of Contracting States A 76(2)

 

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

 

fees A 76(3); R 6(1), R 25(2), R 37(3); RFees 10

 

filing A 75(3), A 76; R 25(1)

 

inspection of files A 128(3)

 

language R 4

 

time limit for identifying the inventor R 42(2)


 

European law for the grant of patents A 1


 

European patent

 

amendments A 102(3), A 123

 

as an object of property A 71-74, A 148

 

certificate R 54, R 62a

 

Contracting States A 3

 

conversion into a national patent A 135-137; R 103

 

designation of Contracting States A 79, A 149

 

designation of the inventor R 18

 

effects A 2(2), A 63-70

 

entitlement to file a Eur. pat. appl. A 58

 

examination of the opposition A 101

 

extent of protection A 69, A 70(3), (4)

 

for a group of Contracting States A 142

 

grant A 97; R 52

 

grant of ~ for one or more Contracting States A 3

 

grounds for opposition A 100, A 138

 

grounds for revocation A 138

 

infringement A 25, A 64(3)

 

inspection of files R 94, R 98

 

keeping of files R 95a

 

lapse R 92(1)(p)

 

limitation A 138(2)

 

maintenance A 102

 

name A 2

 

opposition A 99

 

prior right A 139(1)

 

procedure up to grant A 90-99

 

publication A 14(7), A 98; R 53

 

rejection of the opposition A 102(2)

 

renewal fees A 37(b), A 39, A 141

 

request for grant R 26

 

reservations A 167(2)(a)-(c)

 

revocation A 68, A 102; R 90(3)(a)

 

right to a ~ A 60

 

rights conferred by a ~ A 64

 

see claims

 

see priority

 

term A 63, A 167(2)(c)

 

text A 70, A 102(3), A 113(2); R 51

 

transfer during the opposition period or during opposition proceedings R 61

 

translation A 65, A 70(3)

 

unity A 118


 

European patent application

 

abstract A 78(1)(e), A 85

 

additional fee A 86(2)-(3)

 

amino acid sequences R 27a

 

application, see filing

 

application documents R 35

 

as an object of property A 71ff, A 148, R 20ff, R 61, R 90

 

assignment A 72

 

authentic text A 70

 

biological material R 28, R 28a

 

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

 

claims fees R 31

 

common representative R 100, R 26(3)

 

contractual licensing A 73

 

conversion into a national patent application A 135-137

 

date of filing A 80

 

deficiencies A 90(2), A 91(2); R 39, R 51

 

designation of Contracting States A 79, A 149, see designation

 

designation of the inventor A 81; R 18

 

disclosure of the invention A 83

 

documents A 78(1); R 35(5)

 

documents filed subsequently R 36

 

drawings A 69(1), A 78(1)(d); R 29(6),(7), R 43

 

effects A 66, A 135(2), A 136(2)

 

entitlement to grant in respect of only part of the matter disclosed in the ~ R 16

 

equivalence A 66

 

examination A 94, A 95, A 96; R 51(1)-(3)

 

examination as to formal requirements A 91

 

examination by a central industrial property office of the Contracting States ProCen IV

 

examination on filing A 90

 

examination on filing and examination as to formal requirements A 16

 

extent of protection A 69, A 70(3),(4)

 

filing A 61, A 75, A 76; R 15, R 24, R 25

 

filing fee A 78(2)

 

filing of the translation A 14(2), A 90(1),(3); R 6(1)

 

formalities examination, see examination as to formal requirements

 

forwarding A 77

 

further processing A 121; RFees 2(12)

 

inspection of files A 128; R 94, R 98

 

international application as ~ A 150(3); R 107, R 108

 

keeping of files R 95a

 

languages A 14(1)-(6); R 1, R 4

 

licences R 21, R 22

 

limitation of the option to withdraw the ~ R 14

 

mention of the inventor A 81; R 18

 

multiple or joint applicants A 59

 

nucleotide sequences R 27a

 

persons entitled to file ~ A 58

 

physical requirements R 40

 

prior right A 139(1)

 

processing of ~ during a transitional period A 162

 

prohibited matter R 34

 

protection, see extent of protection

 

provisional protection A 67

 

provisions governing the application R 26-31

 

publication A 16, A 93, A 158(1),(3); R 48-50

 

re-establishment of rights, see restitutio in integrum

 

refusal A 61(1)(c), A 91(3), A 97(1)

 

Register of European Patents A 127

 

registration of a transfer R 20

 

registration of licences R 22

 

registration of licences and other rights R 20-22

 

renewal fees A 86

 

request A 78(1)(a)

 

request for examination A 94, A 95

 

requirements A 78

 

restitutio in integrum A 122

 

rights conferred by a Eur. pat. appl. after publication A 67

 

search fee A 78(2)

 
 

secrecy A 77(4)

 

state of the art A 54(2)-(4)

 

text A 97(2)(a), A 113(2); R 51(4)

 

transfer A 71, A 72; R 20

 

transfer and constitution of rights A 71; R 21

 

unity A 118

 

unity of invention A 82; R 30

 

- see amendments

 

- see description

 

- see patent claims

 

- see priority


 

European Patent Bulletin A 129(a)

 

correction/cancellation of the mention of the inventor R 19(2),(3)

 

languages A 14(8)(a)

 

mention of the grant of a Eur. pat. A 97(4); R 51(8a)

 

mention of the publication of the European search report R 50(1)


 

European Patent Convention

 

accession A 166

 

amendments A 10(2)(c)

 

application A 173

 

certified true copies A 178(1)

 

denunciation A 174

 

disputes between Contracting States concerning application and interpretation A 173

 

duration A 171

 

entry into force A 169

 

initial contribution A 170

 

integral parts A 164(1)

 

interpretation A 173, A 177(2)

 

languages A 177

 

notifications A 178

 

provisions prevailing A 164(2)

 

ratification A 165

 

revision A 172

 

signature A 165

 

territorial field of application A 168

 

transmission A 178


 

European Patent Office A 10-25

 

administrative services R 12(2)

 

administrative structure R 12

 

as designated Office A 150(3), A 153; R 107

 

as elected Office A 156; R 107

 

as organ of the EPOrg A 4(2)(a)

 

as receiving Office A 151; R 104

 

branch A 6(2), A 10(2)(b)

 

communications R 68-70

 

communications with the authorities of the Contracting States R 97

 

decisions R 68-70

 

departments A 15

 

direction A 10(1), A 143(2)

 

exchanges of information between the EPOff and the central industrial property offices A 130

 

field of activity A 162

 

instances R 9ff

 

internal administrative instructions A 10(2)(a)

 

international preliminary examination A 155; R 105

 

International Searching Authority A 154; R 105

 

languages A 14

 

organisation R 8ff

 

President A 5(2), A 10; ProPrIm 13

 

publications A 129; R 96

 

seat A 6(2)

 

special departments A 143

 

sub-offices A 7; ProCen I(1)(c), ProCen I(3), ProCen V(1),(2)

 

task A 4(3), A 143(1)

 

Vice-Presidents A 10(3), A 11(2); R 12(3)


 

European Patent Organisation A 4, A 5ff

 

agreement between the International Patent Institute and the ~ ProCen I

 

archives ProPrIm 2

 

balance sheet A 49(1),(3)

 

budget A 40(1), A 42, A 46, A 47, A 48

 

disputes between the ~ and employees A 13

 

documents ProPrIm 1, ProPrIm 2

 

duties in respect of goods ProPrIm 5, ProPrIm 6

 

establishment A 4(1)

 

expenditure A 37, A 43, A 44

 

financial obligations A 126

 

financial provisions A 37ff

 

immunities A 8; ProPrIm

 

income A 42, A 49(1),(2)

 

legal status A 5

 

liability A 9

 

official activities ProPrIm 3(4)

 

organs A 4(2)

 

own resources A 38

 

premises ProPrIm 1

 

privileges A 8; ProPrIm

 

procedural instruments ProPrIm 1(3)

 

proper administration of justice ProPrIm 20

 

property A 5(2); ProPrIm 3(2),(3)

 

representation A 5(3)

 

revenue A 37(d), A 40(1), A 49(1),(2)

 

seat A 6(1)

 

social security scheme ProPrIm 18

 

task A 4(3)

 

taxes ProPrIm 4, ProPrIm 16

 

transfer of goods and provision of services ProPrIm 7


 

European patent specification

 

declaration of priority in the published ~ R 38(6)

 

languages A 14(7)

 

mention of the inventor R 18(1)

 

new A 102(3)(b),(4), A 103; R 62

 

publication A 98, A 103; R 53

 

translation A 65


 

European qualifying examination A 134(2)(c),(8)


 

European search report A 92, A 157(1); R 44-47

 

comments by the applicant A 96(1); R 51(1)

 

content R 44

 

drawing up of ~ A 17, A 92

 

extended ~ R 44a

 

fees RFees 10

 

international search report takes the place of the ~ A 157(1)

 

language of the proceedings R 44(5)

 

mention of the publication of the ~ in the European Patent Bulletin R 50(1)

 

observations by the applicant, see comments by the applicant

 

publication A 16, A 93(2); R 49, R 50

 

supplementary ~ A 157(2)-(4)

 

where the invention lacks unity R 46, R 112


 

evidence

 

conservation of ~ R 75

 

language R 1(3)

 

not submitted in due time A 114(2); R 71a(1)


 

examination A 94(1), A 96

 

by the examining division R 51, R 52

 

restrictions affecting ~ A 162(2)

 

- see international preliminary ~


 

examination as to formal requirements A 16, A 91; R 9(3), R 40-43


 

examination by the EPOff of its own motion A 114


 

examination fee A 94(2); RFees 2(6), (7), RFees 12

 

reduction R 107(2); RFees 12(2)

 

refund RFees 10b


 

examination on filing A 16, A 90(1),(2); R 39-43


 

examination procedure A 94ff; R 13, R 51, R 90


 

examining divisions

 

allocation of duties R 9(1)

 

appeals lying from decisions of the ~ A 21(1),(3), A 106(1)

 

as a department charged with the procedure A 15(c)

 

composition A 18(2), A 33(3)

 

decisions A 97, A 153(2); R 51(6), R 68, R 75(4)

 

organisation R 12(1)

 

responsibilities A 18(1), A 25, A 153(2); R 9(2)


 

exhibitions

 

certificate of ~ R 23, R 107(1)(h)

 

displaying inventions at ~ A 55(1)(b), A 55(2)


 

expenditure of the EPOrg

 

audit A 49(1),(2)

 

authorisation A 43

 

cover A 37

 

examination A 49(1)

 

provisional budget A 47

 

shown in the budget A 42

 

unforeseeable ~ A 44


 

experts

 

access to biological material R 28(4),(5),(9)

 

assisting the Administrative Council A 26(2)

 

commissioning R 73

 

immunities A 8; ProPrIm 12, ProPrIm 15, ProPrIm 17

 

reimbursement of expenses R 74(2),(3)

 

report R 73, R 74

 

taking of evidence A 117; R 72, R 99(5)

 

testimony and statements R 76

 

to give evidence R 72


 

extension A 76(1), A 100(c), A 123(2),(3), A 138(1)(c),(d)


 

extracts see Register of European Patents


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