As soon as the European patent specification has been published, the EPO issues the proprietor with a certificate attesting that the European patent has been granted to the person named in the certificate. Where there is more than proprietor, each of them is issued with a certificate. Upon special request filed within the time limit of Rule 71(3) a copy of the patent specification is attached to the certificate. The proprietor may also request that a duplicate copy of the certificate with the specification attached be supplied to him upon payment of an administrative fee. For further details see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 12 July 2007 (Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, D.2).