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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 116[ 108 ]
Preparation of oral proceedings

(1)
When issuing the summons, the European Patent Office shall draw attention to the points which in its opinion need to be discussed for the purposes of the decision to be taken. At the same time a final date for making written submissions in preparation for the oral proceedings shall be fixed. Rule 132 shall not apply. New facts and evidence presented after that date need not be considered, unless admitted on the grounds that the subject of the proceedings has changed.
(2)
If the applicant or patent proprietor has been notified of the grounds prejudicing the grant or maintenance of the patent, he may be invited to submit, by the date specified in paragraph 1, second sentence, documents which meet the requirements of the Convention. Paragraph 1, third and fourth sentences, shall apply mutatis mutandis.
 
See decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 6/95 (Annex I).
References

Art. 114, 116

 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 116R. 71a