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Guidelines for Examination

 
 
2.2
Persons attending the interview 

The interviewee must be a person entitled to act for the applicant before the EPO. If the applicant is a natural or legal person having his residence or place of business in a contracting state, interviews may only be conducted with:

(a)
the applicant (see A-VIII, 1.1),
(b)
a professional representative (see A-VIII, 1.1) or
(c)
a duly authorised employee of the applicant (see A-VIII, 1.2) or, to the extent defined in Art. 134(8), a legal practitioner (see A-VIII, 1.4).

Regarding (c), see also A-VIII, 1.5.

If the applicant is a natural or legal person having neither residence nor place of business in a contracting state, interviews may only be conducted with:

a professional representative (see A-VIII, 1.1) or
a legal practitioner (see A-VIII, 1.4 and 1.5).

Unless he is already known personally to the examiner conducting the interview, the person taking part in the interview must produce an official identity document.

The person entitled to act before the EPO, i.e. one of the persons listed above, may be accompanied by other persons, whose identity does not need to be checked. On request of the person entitled to act, such other persons may be allowed to take part in the interview if their participation is relevant to the proceedings.

From the Examining Division, only the examiner dealing with the case will normally be present. However, there is no objection to one or even both of the other members of the Examining Division participating in the interview.

However, the applicant or representative does not have the right to demand that additional members of the Examining Division be present. If a request is made for an interview with all three members, it will usually be advisable to appoint oral proceedings instead.