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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.

 

Annex II

 

Legal advice from the EPO in brief



1/79



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 1998, 359).



2/79



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 1998, 359).



3/85 rev.



1985, 347



Claims fees - multiple sets of claims



The principles remain the same, but the amendments to Rules 31 and 51 EPC should be borne in mind (see also comment re Legal Advice No. 4/80).



4/80



1980, 48



Period for submitting a separate set of claims for Austria



See decision G 7/93 (OJ EPO 1994, 775: point 2.5 Reasons).



5/93 rev.



1993, 229



Calculation of aggregate time limits



 



6/91 rev.



1991, 573



Payment of fees
Refunds of fees or other sums



 



7/80



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 1998, 359).



8/80



1981, 6



Withdrawal of a European patent application



See decisions J 6/86 (OJ EPO 1988, 124); J 15/86 (OJ EPO 1988, 417); J 7/87 (OJ EPO 1988, 422); J 11/87 (OJ EPO 1988, 367).



9/81



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 1998, 359).



10/92 rev.



1992, 662



Consolidation of a European patent application with a Euro-PCT-application - Refund of the examination fee



At present all EPC Contracting States are also PCT Contracting States. The principles apply to cases predating this state of affairs and to future applications designating European Contracting States for which the PCT is not in force.



11/82



1982, 57



Revocation of the European patent during opposition proceedings



Relates to revocation at the request of the patent proprietor. See also decision T 73/84 (OJ EPO 1985, 241) and T 186/84 (OJ EPO 1986, 79).



12/82



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 1998, 359).



13/82



1982, 196



Further processing of the European patent application



 



14/83



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 2002, 161).



15/05 rev. 2



2005, 357



Auxiliary requests in examination and opposition proceedings



 



16/85



1985, 141



Request for a decision after the noting of loss of rights



Relates to the examination proceedings. For the opposition procedure see decision G 1/90 (OJ EPO 1991, 275).



17/90



1990, 260



Authentic text of a granted patent when the specification contains misprints



 



18/92



 



 



Cancelled (see OJ EPO 2002, 259).



19/99



1999, 296



Filing of a translation of the previous application or a declaration under Rule 38(4) EPC



The legal basis of the "declaration" is now Rule 38(5) EPC (OJ EPO 1999, 660).