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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Article 41
Advances

(1)
At the request of the President of the European Patent Office, the Contracting States shall grant advances to the Organisation, on account of their payments and contributions, within the limit of the amount fixed by the Administrative Council. The amount of such advances shall be determined in proportion to the amounts due from the Contracting States for the accounting period in question. 
(2)
Article 39, paragraphs 3 and 4, shall apply mutatis mutandis to the advances.
References

Art. 50, 146