2.6
Publication of bibliographic data before publication of the application 

The EPO has not hitherto availed itself of the power under Art. 128(5) to publish bibliographic data before the European patent application is published.In accordance with Art. 128(5), the EPO publishes in the European Patent Bulletin the bibliographic data relating to European patent applications which had been announced for publication but for which the application documents were not published, either because the application was withdrawn or because the announcement was erroneous. The lists of these publication numbers can be found on the European publication server, which is accessible via the EPO website (www.epo.org).

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