(1) Representation of natural or legal persons in proceedings established by this Convention may only be undertaken by professional representatives whose names appear on a list maintained for this purpose by the European Patent Office.
(c)158 has passed the European qualifying examination
may be entered on the list of professional representatives.
(c) is entitled to represent natural or legal persons in patent matters before the central industrial property office of that State. Where such entitlement is not conditional upon the requirement of special professional qualifications, the person shall have regularly so acted in that State for at least five years.
(6) For the purpose of acting as a professional representative, any person whose name appears on the list of professional representatives shall be entitled to establish a place of business in any Contracting State in which proceedings established by this Convention may be conducted, having regard to the Protocol on Centralisation annexed to this Convention. The authorities of such State may remove that entitlement in individual cases only in application of legal provisions adopted for the purpose of protecting public security and law and order. Before such action is taken, the President of the European Patent Office shall be consulted.
(7)159 The President of the European Patent Office may grant exemption from:
(b) the requirement of paragraph 3(c), second sentence, if the applicant furnishes proof that he has acquired the requisite qualification in another way.
(8) Representation in proceedings established by this Convention may also be undertaken, in the same way as by a professional representative, by any legal practitioner qualified in a Contracting State and having his place of business in that State, to the extent that he is entitled in that State to act as a professional representative in patent matters. Paragraph 6 shall apply mutatis mutandis.
156Amended by the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29.11.2000.
157See decision of the President of the EPO of 21.11.2013 concerning the responsibilities of the Legal Division (OJ EPO 2013, 600) and notice from the EPO of 12.05.2015 concerning representation before the EPO (OJ EPO 2015, A55).
See decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 2/94, G 4/95, G 3/99, G 2/04 (Annex I).
158See decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 26/08 of 10.12.2008 amending the Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives before the EPO, which entered into force on 01.01.2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 9; see supplementary publication 2, OJ EPO 2019).