Designation of inventor 
In your European patent application you must designate the inventor(s). 
If you yourself are not the inventor or are not the sole inventor, you must file the designation of the inventor in a separate document, which must indicate the origin of your right to the European patent. 
You can designate the inventor(s) in the tools provided by the EPO for online filing. Another option is to fill in and file the "Designation of inventor" form (EPO Form 1002) available on the EPO website (
The person designated as the inventor will be mentioned in the published European patent application, in the European patent specification, in the European Patent Register and in the European Patent Bulletin, unless they waive this right in due time in advance of publication. 
If you do not designate the inventor when you file the European patent application, you will be invited to correct this deficiency within sixteen months after the date of filing or, if priority is claimed, the earliest priority date, and in any event no later than five weeks prior to the intended date of publication of the application (see point 5.3.001). If you fail to submit the designation of inventor within the specified period, your application will be refused (see point 5.2.005).

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