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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 141[ 118 ]
Information on prior art

(1)
An applicant claiming priority within the meaning of Article 87 shall file a copy of the results of any search carried out by the authority with which the previous application was filed together with the European patent application, in the case of a Euro-PCT application on entry into the European phase, or without delay after such results have been made available to him.
The copy referred to in paragraph 1 shall be deemed to be duly filed if it is available to the European Patent Office and to be included in the file of the European patent application under the conditions determined by the President of the European Patent Office.
(3)
Without prejudice to paragraphs 1 and 2, the European Patent Office may invite the applicant to provide, within a period of two months, information on prior art within the meaning of Article 124, paragraph 1.
 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 18/09 of 28.10.2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 585), entered into force on 01.01.2011.
See decision of the President of the EPO of 05.10.2010 on the filing of copies of search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme (OJ EPO 2010, 600) and decisions of the President of the EPO exempting applicants claiming the priority of a first filing made in Japan, the United Kingdom or the United States of America or in the Republic of Korea from filing a copy of the search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme (OJ EPO 2011, 62; OJ EPO 2013, 216).
 
See also notices from the EPO, OJ EPO 2010, 410; 2011, 64; 2013, 217.
References

Art. 124, 140
R. 70b, 112, 113

 
Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.12.2010 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.01.2011 - 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 28.10.2009 (CA/D 18/09), (OJ EPO 2009, 585)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 141Art. 124(1) (elmts)