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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 36[ 36 ]
European divisional applications

The applicant may file a divisional application relating to any pending earlier European patent application. 
A divisional application shall be filed in the language of the proceedings for the earlier application. If the latter was not in an official language of the European Patent Office, the divisional application may be filed in the language of the earlier application; a translation into the language of the proceedings for the earlier application shall then be filed within two months of the filing of the divisional application. The divisional application shall be filed with the European Patent Office in Munich, The Hague or Berlin. 
(3)
The filing fee and search fee shall be paid within one month of filing the divisional application. If the filing fee or search fee is not paid in due time, the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 
The designation fee shall be paid within six months of the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report drawn up in respect of the divisional application. Rule 39, paragraphs 2 and 3, shall apply.
 
See decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 1/05, G 1/06, G 1/09 (Annex I).
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 15/13 of 16.10.2013 (OJ EPO 2013, 501), entered into force on 01.04.2014.
See also notice from the EPO, OJ EPO 2014, A22.
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 2/09 of 25.03.2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 296), entered into force on 01.04.2010.
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.
References

Art. 14, 76, 78, 79, 94

 
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 - 31.03.2010 
CA/D 4/08 (OJ EPO 2008, 513)
01.04.2010 - 25.10.2010 
CA/D 2/09 (OJ EPO 2009, 296)
26.10.2010 - 31.03.2014 
CA/D 16/10 (OJ EPO 2010, 568)
01.04.2014 -  
CA/D 15/13 (OJ EPO 2013, 501)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 36R. 4; R. 25