EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE
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Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 8 April 2021 exempting applicants claiming the priority of a first filing made in the Peopleʹs Republic of China 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 the Peopleʹs Republic of China is claimed.
Entry into force
This decision shall enter into force on 1 July 2021 and shall apply to European patent applications in respect of which an invitation under Rule 70b(1) EPC has not yet been despatched by the date of entry into force of this decision.
Done at Munich, 8 April 2021