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Guidelines for Examination


3.1 Basic principle

If the proprietors of the patent are not the same for different designated contracting statesContracting States, the unity of the European patent in opposition proceedings will not be affected, since such persons are to be regarded as joint proprietors (see D‑I, 6, second and third paragraphs).

In particular, the text of the European patent will be uniform for all designated contracting statesContracting States unless otherwise provided for in the EPC (see D‑VII, 3.2 and H‑III, 4).


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