This revised version of the Guidelines for Examination will apply as from 1 November 2015. Until then, the September 2014 edition of the Guidelines remains valid.

7. Allocation of individual duties

The President of the EPO may entrust to employees who are not technically or legally qualified examiners the execution of individual duties falling to the Examining Divisions or to the Opposition Divisions and involving no technical or legal difficulties. Insofar as such duties affect the public, their allocation will be notified in the Official Journal of the EPO (see Decision of the President of the EPO dated 12 December 2013, OJ EPO 2014, A6).

The formalities officers entrusted with these duties are also in charge of fixing the amount of the costs (see D‑IX, 2.1).


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