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The European Patent Convention


Article 113[ 127 ]
Right to be heard and basis of decisions

The decisions of the European Patent Office may only be based on grounds or evidence on which the parties concerned have had an opportunity to present their comments. 
The European Patent Office shall examine, and decide upon, the European patent application or the European patent only in the text submitted to it, or agreed, by the applicant or the proprietor of the patent. 
See decisions/opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 7/91, G 8/91, G 4/92, G 2/04 (Annex I).