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Guidelines for Examination


5.1 General remarks

Every application must designate the inventor. The designation is incorporated in the EPO Online Filing software. When filing on paper, the designation is filed in a separate document where the applicant is not the inventor or the sole inventor; otherwise the designation must be effected in the Request for Grant form (Form 1001) by placing a cross in the appropriate box in Section 22. Where the designation is effected in a separate document, a trilingual form available free of charge from the EPO website or the central industrial property offices of the Contracting States should preferably be used (Form 1002).