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3.2 Documents forming part of the European patent application

In addition to the documents referred to in A‑VIII, 3.1 above, certain documents forming part of the application must be signed. These documents include the request for grant, the designation of the inventor and, where applicable, the authorisation of a representative. In the case of electronic filing of a European patent application, a facsimile image of the signer's handwritten signature, a text-string signature or an enhanced electronic signature may be used to sign the aforementioned documents (Art. 7 of the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 26 February 2009, OJ EPO 2009, 182, and also Art. 8(2) of that decision, which sets out the requirement for confirmation of the authenticity of documents filed in appeal proceedings by means of an enhanced electronic signature, see also A‑VIII, 2.5).

With the exception of the authorisation of a representative, the documents may be signed by an appointed representative instead of the applicant.