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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.

Chapter V 27

Prior European applications

27 Inserted by decision of the Administrative Council of 05.12.1996, which entered into force on 01.07.1997 (OJ EPO 1997, 13 f).

 Rule 23a - Prior application as state of the art