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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.

Rule 44a 71

Extended European search report

(1) The European search report shall be accompanied by an opinion on whether the application and the invention to which it relates seem to meet the requirements of this Convention, unless a communication under Rule 51, paragraph 2 or paragraph 4, can be issued.

(2) The opinion under paragraph 1 shall not be published together with the search report.

71  Inserted by decision of the Administrative Council of 09.12.2004 which entered into force on 01.07.2005 (OJ EPO 2005, 5 ff).

Cross-reference list
R. 44a R. 62