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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Article 153[ 177 ]
The European Patent Office as designated Office or elected Office

(1)
The European Patent Office shall be 
(a)
a designated Office for any State party to this Convention in respect of which the PCT is in force, which is designated in the international application and for which the applicant wishes to obtain a European patent, and  
(b)
an elected Office, if the applicant has elected a State designated pursuant to letter (a).
(2)
An international application for which the European Patent Office is a designated or elected Office, and which has been accorded an international date of filing, shall be equivalent to a regular European application (Euro-PCT application). 
(3)
The international publication of a Euro-PCT application in an official language of the European Patent Office shall take the place of the publication of the European patent application and shall be mentioned in the European Patent Bulletin.  
(4)
If the Euro-PCT application is published in another language, a translation into one of the official languages shall be filed with the European Patent Office, which shall publish it. Subject to Article 67, paragraph 3, the provisional protection under Article 67, paragraphs 1 and 2, shall be effective from the date of that publication.
(5)
The Euro-PCT application shall be treated as a European patent application and shall be considered as comprised in the state of the art under Article 54, paragraph 3, if the conditions laid down in paragraph 3 or 4 and in the Implementing Regulations are fulfilled.
(6)
The international search report drawn up in respect of a Euro-PCT application or the declaration replacing it, and their international publication, shall take the place of the European search report and the mention of its publication in the European Patent Bulletin. 
A supplementary European search report shall be drawn up in respect of any Euro-PCT application under paragraph 5. The Administrative Council may decide that the supplementary search report is to be dispensed with or that the search fee is to be reduced.
 
See decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 4/08 (Annex I).
See decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 10/05 of 27.10.2005 (OJ EPO 2005, 548) on reducing the fee for the supplementary European search report for international applications for which the international search report is drawn up by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japan Patent Office, the Korean Intellectual Property Office, the Chinese Intellectual Property Office, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Russian Federation) or IP Australia (applicable to all international applications filed on or after 01.07.2005).
 
See decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 11/09 of 28.10.2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 594) dispensing with the supplementary European search report in the case of an international application where the international search report or supplementary international search report was drawn up by the European Patent Office.
 
See decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 14/13 of 13.12.2013 (OJ EPO 2014, A5) amending Article 2 of the Rules relating to Fees and adjusting the amount of the reduction in the fee for the supplementary European search where the international search report or supplementary international search report was drawn up by the Austrian Patent Office, the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office or the Nordic Patent Institute (applicable to international applications filed up to and including 30.06.2016).
References

Art. 35, 92, 93, 129
R. 65, 68, 113, 159-165

 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
Art. 153(1)Art. 156
Art. 153(3), (4), (5)Art. 158
Art. 153(6), (7)Art. 157(1), (2), (3)