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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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oath A 117(1)(g); R 72(3)


Official Journal of the EPOff A 129(b)


Languages A 14(8)(b)


publication in the ~ A 95(3); R 28(9), R 101(3)


official language


is not the language of the proceedings A 67(3)


of a Contracting State that is not an official language of the EPOff ProCen III


official languages


of the EPOff A 14(1)


of the Contracting States A 14(2),(4)


- see language of the proceedings, language(s), translation


opinion see technical opinion


opponent A 99(4); R 55(a)


death or legal incapacity of an ~ R 60


opposition A 99


deficiencies in the notice of ~ R 56(1),(2)


entries in the Register of European Patents R 92(1)(q),(r)


examination A 101, A 102; R 57, R 58


grounds for ~ A 100


notice of ~ R 55


publication of the time limit for opposing the Eur. pat. R 53


rejection A 102(2), A 111(1); R 92(1)(r)


rejection of the notice of ~ as inadmissible R 56


several oppositions R 57(2)


time limit for filing notice of ~ A 99(1)


Opposition Divisions A 19, A 101


allocation of duties R 9(1)


appeal lying from decisions of the ~ A 21(4), A 106(1),(2)


as departments charged with the procedure A 15(d)


composition A 19(2)


decisions A 102(1)-(3), A 116(4); R 56(2), R 58(8)


organisation R 12(1)


responsibilities A 19(1), A 104(2); R 9(4)


opposition fee A 99(1); R 6(3); RFees 2(10), RFees 12


opposition procedure A 99-105; R 55-63


opposition proceedings


communications R 56(2),(3), R 57, R 58(2),(4),(5), R 70


continuation of the ~ by the EPOff of its own motion R 60


costs A 104, A 106(4),(5); R 9(4), R 63


documents R 61a


interruption R 90


intervention in ~ A 105(2); R 57(4)


new specification of the European patent R 62


oral proceedings A 116(1),(4)


parties A 99(4)


proceedings against the proprietor during ~ R 13(4)


representatives in ~ R 60


requests for documents R 59


oral proceedings A 116


costs A 104(1)


language of proceedings R 2


minutes R 76


summons R 71(1)


suspension R 13(4)


oral proceedings and taking of evidence R 71-76


ordre public


inventions contrary to ~ A 53(a); R 34(1)(a)


matter contrary to ~ in a Eur. pat. appl. A 53(a); R 34(1)(a)


Organisation see European Patent Organisation


organs of the EPOrg see European Patent Organisation