C. PROCEDURE BEFORE SEARCH, EXAMINING AND OPPOSITION DIVISIONS
C.3.1 Utilisation scheme - permanent scheme
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 19 September 2012 exempting applicants claiming the priority of a first filing made in Austria from filing a copy of the search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme1,2
Exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results
The European Patent Office shall include in the file of a European patent application a copy of the search results referred to in Rule 141(1) EPC, thus exempting the applicant from filing said copy, where the priority of a first filing made in Austria is claimed.
Entry into force
This decision shall enter into force on 1 October 2012 and shall apply to European patent applications in respect of which an invitation under Rule 70b EPC has not yet been despatched by the date of entry into force of this decision.
Done at Munich, 19 September 2012