Each party to the opposition proceedings shall bear the costs it has incurred, unless the Opposition Division, for reasons of equity, orders, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations, a different apportionment of costs.
The procedure for fixing costs shall be laid down in the Implementing Regulations.
Any final decision of the European Patent Office fixing the amount of costs shall be dealt with, for the purpose of enforcement in the Contracting States, in the same way as a final decision given by a civil court of the State in which enforcement is to take place. Verification of such decision shall be limited to its authenticity.
Amended by the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29.11.2000.
See decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 3/99 (Annex I).