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Rule 160[ 143 ]
Consequences of non-fulfilment of certain requirements

(1)
If either the translation of the international application or the request for examination is not filed in due time, or if the filing fee, the search fee or the designation fee is not paid in due time, the European patent application shall be deemed to be withdrawn.
If the European Patent Office notes that the application is deemed to be withdrawn under paragraph 1, it shall communicate this to the applicant. Rule 112, paragraph 2, shall apply mutatis mutandis.
 
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 4/08 of 21.10.2008 (OJ EPO 2008, 513),
entered into force on 01.04.2009. 
See opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 4/98 (Annex I).
References

Art. 153
R. 159

 
Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.03.2009 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.04.2009 -  
CA/D 4/08 (OJ EPO 2008, 513)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 160R. 108