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The European Patent Convention


Rule 124
Minutes of oral proceedings and of taking of evidence

Minutes of oral proceedings and of the taking of evidence shall be drawn up, containing the essentials of the oral proceedings or of the taking of evidence, the relevant statements made by the parties, the testimony of the parties, witnesses or experts and the result of any inspection. 
The minutes of the testimony of a witness, expert or party shall be read out, submitted to him, so that he may examine them or, where they are recorded by technical means, played back to him, unless he waives this right. It shall be noted in the minutes that this formality has been carried out and that the person who gave the testimony approved the minutes. If his approval is not given, his objections shall be noted. It is not necessary to play back the minutes or to obtain approval of them if the testimony has been recorded verbatim and directly using technical means. 
 The minutes shall be authenticated by the employee responsible for drawing them up and by the employee who conducted the oral proceedings or taking of evidence, either by their signature or by any other appropriate means. 
The parties shall be provided with a copy of the minutes. 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 6/14 of 15.10.2014 (OJ EPO 2015, A17), entered into force on 01.04.2015.
See notice from the EPO, OJ EPO 2015, A36.

Art. 116, 117

Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.03.2015 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.04.2015 - 
CA/D 6/14 (OJ EPO 2015, A17)
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 124R. 76