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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Article 143
Special departments of the European Patent Office

(1)
The group of Contracting States may give additional tasks to the European Patent Office. 
(2)
Special departments common to the Contracting States in the group may be set up within the European Patent Office in order to carry out the additional tasks. The President of the European Patent Office shall direct such special departments; Article 10, paragraphs 2 and 3, shall apply mutatis mutandis.
References

Art. 15, 144-146