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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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P


 

Paris Convention A 87


 

patent applications see European patent application, international patent application, national patent application


 

patent claims see claims


 

patent classification see International Patent Classification


 

Patent Cooperation Treaty see PCT


 

patent documentation ProCen VI


 

patent proprietor see proprietor of the patent


 

patent specification see European patent specification


 

patentability A 52-57

 

exceptions A 53; R 23d

 

lack of ~ A 97(1), A 100(a), A 101(1), A 102(1), A 138(1)(a)

 

observations by third parties A 115


 

patentable inventions A 52


 

paying officer A 50(c)


 

payment

 

date to be considered as the date on which ~ is made RFees 8

 

incomplete ~ RFees 9


 

payments

 

methods RFees 5

 

particulars concerning ~ RFees 7


 

PCT

 

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) A 150-158


 

Pension Scheme Regulations A 33(2)(c); ProPrIm 23(3)

 

disputes about the ~ A 13


 

pensions

 

taxation ProPrIm 16(2)


 

permanent employees see employees

 

Service Regulations for ~ A 33(2)(b)


 

person skilled in the art A 56, A 69, A 83, A 100(b), A 138(1)(b); R 28(1)


 

pharmaceutical products

 

protection for ~ A 167(2)(a)


 

plants

 

patentability R 23c

 

processes for the production of ~ A 53(b); R 23b(5)


 

plant varieties

 

definition R 23b

 

exceptions to patentability A 53(b)


 

police regulations see security


 

post see notification


 

precedence of provisions A 164; ProRecog 11(1) ProCen VII


 

preliminary examination see international preliminary examination


 

prescription A 126


 

preservation of acquired rights if a Contracting State ceases to be party to the EPC A 175


 

President of the EPOffice A 11, A 12, A 49(4), A 134(5), A 159(1), A 160(2); ProPrIm 13, ProPrIm 16

 

functions/powers A 5(3), A 10, A 11(3), A 29(2), A 33(4), A 46(1), A 48, A 49(3), A 112(1)(b), A 119, A 134(6), A 143(2), A 145(1), A 160(1), A 162(1),(2); R 9, R 12(1), R 24(1), R 27a, R 28(9), R 35(2), R 36(5), R 38(4), R 38a, R 48(1), R 49(1), R 53, R 62, R 77(2)(d), R 78(1), R 80(2), R 85(2), R 91, R 92(2), R 93(d), R 94(2), R 96(1),(2), R 101(3); RFees 3(1), RFees 4(2), RFees 5(2), RFees 10(2), RFees 10c, RFees 13

 

immunities ProPrIm 1(2), ProPrIm 13, ProPrIm 19(2)


 

Presidium of the Boards of Appeal R 10


 

previous filing see filing


 

prices

 

~ laid down by the President RFees 3(2),(3)


 

principles

 

generally recognised ~ of procedural law A 125


 

printing fee A 97(2)(b), A 97(3), A 102(3)(b),(4); R 51(4),(8), R 58(5),(6); RFees 2(8),(9)


 

prior art see state of the art


 

prior right see rights


 

prior use

 

public ~ A 54(2)


 

priority A 87-89

 
 

declaration of ~ A 88(1); R 26(2)(g), R 38, R 88, R 92(1)(i)

 

multiple priorities A 88(2),(3)

 

period of ~ A 87(1), A 122(5)


 

priority date see date of priority


 

priority documents A 88(1); R 38(3),(4), R 38a, R 111(2)


 

priority right A 87, A 88(3),(4), A 89, A 91(3)


 

privileges and immunities see immunities


 

procedural law A 125


 

procedure

 

common provisions A 113-126

 

departments of the EPOff charged with the ~ A 15


 

procedure up to grant A 90-98; R 39-54, R 90

 

suspension of proceedings R 13, R 92(1)(s)


 

proceedings

 

between the employee and the employer ProRecog 4, 5

 

interruption and continuation R 90, R 92(1)(t)

 

public ~ A 116(3),(4)

 

resumption R 90, R 92(1)(t)

 

suspension R 13

 

- see oral proceedings

 

- see written proceedings


 

process

 

as subject-matter of the Eur. pat. A 64(2)


 

products A 52(4), A 53(b), A 54(5), A 64(2)


 

professional representatives see representatives


 

programs for computers A 52(2)(c)


 

property

 

Eur. pat. appl. and Eur. pat. as an object of property A 71ff, A 148; R 20ff, R 61, R 90

 

taxes ProPrIm 4(1)


 

property of the EPOrg A 5(2), A 49(1),(3); ProPrIm 3(2),(3)


 

proprietor of the patent

 

death or legal incapacity R 90(1)(a),(b), R 90(2),(4)

 

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

 

information about the opposition R 57(1)

 

joint proprietors A 118; R 52

 

~ is not entitled A 99(5); R 13(4),(5), R 16(3)


 

protection

 

extension of ~ A 69, A 123(3), A 138(1)(d)

 

extent of ~ A 69, A 70(3),(4)

 

provisional ~ A 67

 

rights conferred by a Eur. pat. A 64(2)

 

simultaneous ~ A 139(3)


 

protest A 154(3), A 155(3); R 105(3)


 

protest fee R 105(2),(3); RFees 2(21)


 

Protocols A 164, A 167(2)(d)


 

provisional protection A 67, A 158(3)


 

provisions governing the application R 26-36


 

public

 

information to the ~ and official authorities A 127-132; R 92-96

 

information to the ~ in the event of conversion R 103

 

publication of guidance for the ~ A 10(2)(a)


 

public prior use see prior use


 

publications

 

additional ~ by the EPOff R 96

 

exchange of ~ A 132

 

periodical ~ A 129

 

transmission ProPrIm 8


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