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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
1.
General 

Provision is made for inspection of files and communication to the public of information contained in files. This applies to the files of European patent applications and European patents.

For international (PCT) applications, see E-VIII, 2.10E-VIII, 2.11.

The provisions governing inspection of files are contained in Art. 128 and Rules 144 and 145, those for communication of information in Rule 146.

The fee for inspection of files and the fee for communication of information contained in files are laid down by the President pursuant to Art. 3(1) RFees and are regularly published in the Official Journal.