2.3.2 Physical requirements

Particularly where the PCT international publication was in an official EPO language, the formalities examination of the physical requirements of the copy of the application furnished to the EPO by the International Bureau is of a very limited nature, since compliance of an international application with the PCT requirements as to form and content is, as a rule, ascertained during the international phase.

Since the translation filed under Rule 159(1)(a) is filed for the procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office, the translation must comply with the physical requirements as set out in A‑III, 3 ("Physical requirements"). The requirements are in general identical with the corresponding requirements of the PCT.

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