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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.

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS
TO THE CONVENTION ON THE GRANT
OF EUROPEAN PATENTS

of 5 October 1973

as last amended by Decision of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation

of 9 December 2004


CONTENTS



PART I

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART I OF THE CONVENTION


Chapter I

Languages of the European Patent Office


R. 1

Derogations from the provisions concerning the language of the proceedings in written proceedings

R. 2

Derogations from the provisions concerning the language of the proceedings in oral proceedings

R. 3

(deleted)

R. 4

Language of a European divisional application

R. 5

Certification of translations

R. 6

Time limits and reduction of fees

R. 7

Legal authenticity of the translation of the European patent application


Chapter II

Organisation of the European Patent Office


R. 8

Patent classification

R. 9

Allocation of duties to the departments of the first instance

R. 10

Presidium of the Boards of Appeal

R. 11

Business distribution scheme for the Enlarged Board of Appeal and adoption of its Rules of Procedure

R. 12

Administrative structure of the European Patent Office


PART II

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART II OF THE CONVENTION


Chapter I

Procedure where the applicant or proprietor is not entitled


R. 13

Suspension of proceedings

R. 14

Limitation of the option to withdraw the European patent application

R. 15

Filing of a new European patent application by the person entitled to apply

R. 16

Partial transfer of right by virtue of a final decision


Chapter II

Mention of the inventor


R. 17

Designation of the inventor

R. 18

Publication of the mention of the inventor

R. 19

Rectification of the designation of an inventor


Chapter III

Registering transfers, licences and other rights


R. 20

Registering a transfer

R. 21

Registering of licences and other rights

R. 22

Special indications for the registration of a licence


Chapter IV

Certification of exhibition


R. 23

Certificate of exhibition


Chapter V

Prior European applications


R. 23a

Prior application as state of the art


Chapter VI

Biotechnological inventions


R. 23b

General and definitions

R. 23c

Patentable biotechnological inventions

R. 23d

Exceptions to patentability

R. 23e

The human body and its elements


PART III

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART III OF THE CONVENTION


Chapter I

Filing of the European patent application


R. 24

General provisions

R. 25

Provisions for European divisional applications


Chapter II

Provisions governing the application


R. 26

Request for grant

R. 27

Content of the description

R. 27a

Requirements of European patent applications relating to nucleotide and amino acid sequences

R. 28

Deposit of biological material

R. 28a

New deposit of biological material

R. 29

Form and content of claims

R. 30

Unity of invention

R. 31

Claims incurring fees

R. 32

Form of the drawings

R. 33

Form and content of the abstract

R. 34

Prohibited matter

R. 35

General provisions governing the presentation of the application documents

R. 36

Documents filed subsequently


Chapter III

Renewal fees


R. 37

Payment of renewal fees


Chapter IV

Priority


R. 38

Declaration of priority and priority documents

R. 38a

Issuing priority documents


PART IV

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART IV OF THE CONVENTION


Chapter I

Examination by the Receiving Section


R. 39

Communication following the examination on filing

R. 40

Examination for certain physical requirements

R. 41

Rectification of deficiencies in the application documents

R. 42

Subsequent identification of the inventor

R. 43

Late-filed or missing drawings


Chapter II

European search report


R. 44

Content of the European search report

R. 44a

Extended European search report

R. 45

Incomplete search

R. 46

European search report where the invention lacks unity

R. 47

Definitive content of the abstract


Chapter III

Publication of the European patent application


R. 48

Technical preparations for publication

R. 49

Form of the publication of European patent applications and European search reports

R. 50

Information about publication


Chapter IV

Examination by the Examining Division


R. 51

Examination procedure

R. 52

Grant of the European patent to different applicants


Chapter V

The European patent specification


R. 53

Technical preparations for publication and form of the specification of the European patent

R. 54

Certificate for a European patent


PART V

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART V OF THE CONVENTION


R. 55

Content of the notice of opposition

R. 56

Rejection of the notice of opposition as inadmissible

R. 57

Preparation of the examination of the opposition

R. 57a

Amendment of the European patent

R. 58

Examination of opposition

R. 59

Requests for documents

R. 60

Continuation of the opposition proceedings by the European Patent Office of its own motion

R. 61

Transfer of the European patent

R. 61a

Documents in opposition proceedings

R. 62

Form of the new specification of the European patent in opposition proceedings

R. 62a

New certificate for a European patent

R. 63

Costs


PART VI

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART VI OF THE CONVENTION

R. 64

Content of the notice of appeal

R. 65

Rejection of the appeal as inadmissible

R. 66

Examination of appeals

R. 67

Reimbursement of appeal fees


PART VII

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART VII OF THE CONVENTION


Chapter I

Decisions and communications of the European Patent Office


R. 68

Form of decisions

R. 69

Noting of loss of rights

R. 70

Signature, name, seal


Chapter II

Oral proceedings and taking of evidence


R. 71

Summons to oral proceedings

R. 71a

Preparation of oral proceedings

R. 72

Taking of evidence by the European Patent Office

R. 73

Commissioning of experts

R. 74

Costs of taking of evidence

R. 75

Conservation of evidence

R. 76

Minutes of oral proceedings and of taking of evidence


Chapter III

Notifications


R. 77

General provisions on notifications

R. 78

Notification by post

R. 79

Notification by delivery by hand

R. 80

Public notification

R. 81

Notification to representatives

R. 82

Irregularities in the notification


Chapter IV

Time limits


R. 83

Calculation of time limits

R. 84

Duration of time limits

R. 84a

Late receipt of documents

R. 85

Extension of time limits

R. 85a

Period of grace for payment of fees

R. 85b

Period of grace for the filing of the request for examination


Chapter V

Amendments and corrections


R. 86

Amendment of the European patent application

R. 87

Different claims, description and drawings for different States

R. 88

Correction of errors in documents filed with the European Patent Office

R. 89

Correction of errors in decisions


Chapter VI

Interruption of proceedings


R. 90

Interruption of proceedings


Chapter VII

Waiving of enforced recovery procedures


R. 91

Waiving of enforced recovery procedures


Chapter VIII

Information to the public


R. 92

Entries in the Register of European Patents

R. 93

Parts of the file not for inspection

R. 94

Procedures for the inspection of files

R. 95

Communication of information contained in the files

R. 95a

Constitution, maintenance and preservation of files

R. 96

Additional publications by the European Patent Office


Chapter IX

Legal and administrative co-operation


R. 97

Communications between the European Patent Office and the authorities of the Contracting States

R. 98

Inspection of files by or via courts or authorities of the Contracting States

R. 99

Procedure for letters rogatory


Chapter X

Representation


R. 100

Appointment of a common representative

R. 101

Authorisations

R. 102

Amendment of the list of professional representatives


PART VIII

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART VIII OF THE CONVENTION


R. 103

Information to the public in the event of conversion


PART IX

IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS TO PART X OF THE CONVENTION


R. 104

The European Patent Office as a receiving Office

R. 105

The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority

R. 106

The national fee

R. 107

The European Patent Office as a designated or elected Office - Requirements for entry into the European phase

R. 108

Consequences of non-fulfilment of certain requirements

R. 109

Amendment of the application

R. 110

Claims incurring fees Consequence of non-payment

R. 111

Examination of certain formal requirements by the European Patent Office

R. 112

Consideration of unity by the European Patent Office

Cross-reference list
R. 1 R. 3
R. 2 R. 4
R. 4 (elmts) R. 36(2)
R. 5 R. 5
R. 6 R. 6
R. 7 R. 7
R. 8 R. 8
R. 9 R. 11
R. 10 R. 12
R. 11 R. 13
R. 12 R. 9
R. 13(1), (2), (3), (5) R. 14
R. 13(4) R. 78
R. 14 R. 15
R. 15(1), (2) R. 17
R. 15(3) -
R. 16(1), (2) R. 18
R. 16(3) R. 78
R. 17 R. 19
R. 18 R. 20
R. 19 R. 21
R. 20 R. 22
R. 21 R. 23
R. 22 R. 24
R. 23 R. 25
R. 23a -
R. 23b R. 26
R. 23c R. 27
R. 23d R. 28
R. 23e R. 29
R. 24 R. 35
R. 25 R. 36
R. 26 R. 41
R. 27 R. 42
R. 27a(1), (4) R. 30
R. 27a(2), (3) -
R. 28(1), (2) R. 31
R. 28(4), (5) R. 32
R. 28(3), (6), (7), (8), (9) R. 33
R. 28a R. 34
R. 29 R. 43
R. 30 R. 44
R. 31 R. 45
R. 32 R. 46
R. 33 R. 47
R. 34 R. 48
R. 35 R. 49
R. 36 R. 50
R. 37 R. 51
R. 38(1), (2), (6) R. 52
R. 38(3), (4), (5) R. 53
R. 38a R. 54
R. 39 R. 55
R. 40 R. 57
R. 41 R. 57; R. 58
R. 42 R. 60
R. 43 R. 56
R. 44 R. 61
R. 44a R. 62
R. 45 R. 63
R. 46 R. 64
R. 47 R. 66
R. 48 R. 67
R. 49 R. 68
R. 50 R. 69
R. 51(1) R. 70(2)
R. 51(2) - (11) R. 71
R. 52 R. 72
R. 53 R. 73
R. 54 R. 74
R. 55 R. 76
R. 56 R. 77
R. 57 R. 79
R. 57a R. 80
R. 58(1), (2), (3) R. 81
R. 58(4), (5), (6), (7), (8) R. 82
R. 59 R. 83
R. 60 R. 84
R. 61 R. 85
R. 61a R. 86
R. 62 R. 87
R. 62a R. 87
R. 63 R. 88
R. 64 R. 99
R. 65 R. 101
R. 66(1) R. 100(1)
R. 66(2) R. 102
R. 67 R. 103
R. 68 R. 111
R. 69 R. 112
R. 70 R. 113
R. 71 R. 115
R. 71a R. 116
R. 72(1) R. 117
R. 72(2) R. 118
R. 72(3), (4) R. 119
R. 73 R. 121
R. 74 R. 122
R. 75 R. 123
R. 76 R. 124
R. 77 R. 125
R. 78 R. 126
R. 79 R. 128
R. 80 R. 129
R. 81 R. 130
R. 82 R. 125(4)
R. 83 R. 131
R. 84 R. 132
R. 84a R. 133
R. 85 R. 134
R. 85a -
R. 85b -
R. 86 R. 137
R. 87 R. 138
R. 88 R. 139
R. 89 R. 140
R. 90 R. 142
R. 91 -
R. 92 R. 143
R. 93 R. 144
R. 94 R. 145
R. 95 R. 146
R. 95a R. 147
R. 96 -
R. 97 R. 148
R. 98 R. 149
R. 99 R. 150
R. 100 R. 151
R. 101 R. 152
R. 102 R. 154
R. 103 R. 156
R. 104 R. 157
R. 105 R. 158
R. 106 -
R. 107 R. 159
R. 108 R. 160
R. 109 R. 161
R. 110 R. 162
R. 111 R. 163
R. 112 R. 164