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Guidelines for Examination


7.2 Responsibility

The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the title accords with the provisions of the Implementing Regulations rests with the Examining Division. The Receiving Section should nevertheless take action to avoid, if possible, the publication of applications having titles which are clearly non-informative or misleading. It is necessary therefore that the Receiving Section takes cognisance of the provisions of Rule 41(2)(b) as set out in A‑III, 7.1. In the event of obvious non-compliance with the provisions, the EPO will of its own motion change the title, if this appears necessary, without informing the applicant there and then. Only when the application is about to be published will the applicant be notified whether the title proposed by him has been changed (see OJ EPO 1991, 224).


Rule 41(2)(b)