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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 57
Examination as to formal requirements

If the European patent application has been accorded a date of filing, the European Patent Office shall examine, in accordance with Article 90, paragraph 3, whether:
a translation of the application required under Article 14, paragraph 2, under Rule 36, paragraph 2, second sentence, or under Rule 40, paragraph 3, second sentence, has been filed in due time;
(b)
the request for grant of a European patent satisfies the requirements of Rule 41;
(c)
the application contains one or more claims in accordance with Article 78, paragraph 1(c), or a reference to a previously filed application in accordance with Rule 40, paragraphs 1(c), 2 and 3, indicating that it replaces also the claims;
(d)
the application contains an abstract in accordance with Article 78, paragraph 1(e);
(e)
the filing fee and the search fee have been paid in accordance with Rule 17, paragraph 2, Rule 36, paragraph 3, or Rule 38;
(f)
the designation of the inventor has been made in accordance with Rule 19, paragraph 1;
(g)
where appropriate, the requirements laid down in Rules 52 and 53 concerning the claim to priority have been satisfied;
(h)
where appropriate, the requirements of Article 133, paragraph 2, have been satisfied;
(i)
the application meets the requirements laid down in Rule 46 and Rule 49, paragraphs 1 to 9 and 12;
the application meets the requirements laid down in Rule 30.
 
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. 76, 87, 88, 90, 123
R. 45, 55-60, 111-113, 138, 139, 142, 152

 
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 - 
CA/D 2/09 (OJ EPO 2009, 296)
 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 57Art. 91(1); R. 40, 41