3. The grant stage in examination

By decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 2/10 of 26 October 2010 (OJ 2010, 637), R. 71 EPC's paragraphs 3 to 7 of were amended, its paragraphs 8 to 11 were deleted and new R. 71a EPC was inserted. The provisions as amended entered into force on 1 April 2012.

R. 71 EPC governing the last phase of the grant proceedings has been split into two separate rules: new R. 71 EPC focuses on the work of the examining division and R. 71a EPC on issues which arise when the grant procedure is concluded and which are mainly dealt with by the formalities officer acting on behalf of the division.

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