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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 SectionEPO willshould 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 obviously do not non-complyiance with the applicable EPC provisions. In these cases, the EPO will of its own motion change the title, if this appears necessary , without informing the applicant there and then(see OJ EPO 1991, 224).

The applicant is informed of whether the title he has proposed has been approved by the Search Division upon transmission of the Only when the application is about to be published European search report will the applicant be notified whether the title proposed by him has been changed (see OJ EPO 1991, 224). The wording of the title (in the three official languages of the EPO), as approved by the Search Division, is notified by the communication announcing the forthcoming publication.

The title of the invention will be published and entered in the European Patent Register (Rule 143(1)(c)) in capital letters.


Rule 41(2)(b)