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The European Patent Convention


Article 152[ 176 ]
The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority

The European Patent Office shall act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority within the meaning of the PCT, in accordance with an agreement between the Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for applicants who are residents or nationals of a State party to this Convention. This agreement may provide that the European Patent Office shall also act for other applicants. 
See Agreement between the EPO and the International Bureau of WIPO under the PCT dated 18/24.10.2007 as amended with effect from 01.07.2010 (OJ EPO 2010, 304 and OJ EPO 2012, 256).
See also the notice from the EPO concerning the carrying out of Supplementary International Searches under the PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 316).

Art. 21, 35
R. 158, 161

Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
Art. 152Art. 154, Art. 155