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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Article 128[ 146 ]
Inspection of files

(1)
Files relating to European patent applications which have not yet been published shall not be made available for inspection without the consent of the applicant. 
(2)
Any person who can prove that the applicant has invoked the rights under the European patent application against him may obtain inspection of the files before the publication of that application and without the consent of the applicant. 
(3)
Where a European divisional application or a new European patent application filed under Article 61, paragraph 1, is published, any person may obtain inspection of the files of the earlier application before the publication of that application and without the consent of the applicant.
After the publication of the European patent application, the files relating to the application and the resulting European patent may be inspected on request, subject to the restrictions laid down in the Implementing Regulations. 
(5)
Even before the publication of the European patent application, the European Patent Office may communicate to third parties or publish the particulars specified in the Implementing Regulations. 
 
Amended by the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29.11.2000. 
See the decision of the President of the EPO dated 12 07.2007 (Special edition No. 3 OJ EPO 2007, J.2 and J.3).
References

Art. 76, 93, 130, 131
R. 16, 19, 31-33, 68, 113, 144-147, 149