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The European Patent Convention


Article 114[ 128 ]
Examination by the European Patent Office of its own motion

In proceedings before it, the European Patent Office shall examine the facts of its own motion; it shall not be restricted in this examination to the facts, evidence and arguments provided by the parties and the relief sought. 
The European Patent Office may disregard facts or evidence which are not submitted in due time by the parties concerned. 
See decisions/opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 7/91, G 8/91, G 9/91, G 10/91, G 4/92, G 9/92, G 8/93, G 10/93, G 1/95, G 7/95, G 1/99
(Annex I). 

R. 116