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The European Patent Convention


Rule 126[ 114 ]
Notification by postal services

Decisions incurring a period for appeal or a petition for review, summonses and other such documents as determined by the President of the European Patent Office shall be notified by registered letter with advice of delivery or equivalent. All other notifications by postal services shall be by registered letter.[ 115 ]
Where notification is effected in accordance with paragraph 1, the letter shall be deemed to be delivered to the addressee on the tenth day following its handover to the postal service provider, unless it has failed to reach the addressee or has reached him at a later date; in the event of any dispute, it shall be incumbent on the European Patent Office to establish that the letter has reached its destination or to establish the date on which the letter was delivered to the addressee, as the case may be.
Notification in accordance with paragraph 1 shall be deemed to have been effected even if acceptance of the letter has been refused.
To the extent that notification by postal services is not covered by paragraphs 1 to 3, the law of the State in which the notification is made shall apply.
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.
See also the notice of the EPO concerning the use of an address for correspondence, OJ EPO 2014, A99.

Art. 119

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. 126R. 78