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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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national application fee A 137(2)(a)


national basic fee R 106(a), R 107(1)(c), R 108; RFees 2(3c)


national fee A 158(2); R 106


national filing see filing, national patent application


national law


impact on ~ A 135-141


national patent


prior right A 139(2)


national patent application


conversion into a ~ A 135-137; R 103


information concerning ~ A 124


national patent offices of the Contracting States


adaptation to the Eur. pat. system ProCen IV


national utility certificate see utility certificate


national utility model see utility model


natural disaster


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


Netherlands A 9(2),(4)(b)


new Eur. pat. appl. A 61; R 6(1), R 15, R 37(4), R 42(2), R 92(1)(k); RFees 10


non-prejudicial disclosure see disclosure


notice of appeal


content of the R 64


notification A 119, A 120(a); R 77-82; ProPrIm 1(3)


novelty of an invention A 52(1), A 54, A 94(1), A 97(1), A 100(a), A 101(1), A 102(1), A 138(1)(a); R 44(1)


nucleotide sequences


Eur. pat. appl. concerning ~ R 27a