5.2.006Besides the "minimum requirements" mentioned in point 5.2.005, the applicant may have to complete one or more of the following steps within the 31-month time limit. These further requirements are not referred to as "minimum requirements" since failure to comply with them does not have the direct effect of a loss of rights (see point 5.2.003).
These further requirements are:
5.2.007The EPO is sent the copy of the international application required under Article 22(1) PCT or Article 39(1) PCT by the IB before expiry of the 31-month time limit. The applicant therefore does not have to submit a copy of the application to the EPO.