Abstracts, priority documents, parallel applications 

In T 246/86 (OJ 1989, 199) the board decided that as the abstract was intended solely for documentation purposes and did not form part of the disclosure of the invention, it could not be used to interpret the content of the application for the purposes of Art. 123(2) EPC 1973 (confirmed in T 606/06).

For the purpose of Art. 123(2) EPC 1973, "the content of the application as filed" also does not include any priority documents, even if they are filed on the same day as the European patent application (see T 260/85, OJ 1989, 105); the same is true for the abstract (see G 3/89, OJ 1993, 117; G 11/91, OJ 1993, 125) and for parallel applications (see J 16/13).

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