Article 143 – Special departments of the European Patent Office - The European Patent Convention, Convention on the Grant of European Patents – (European Patent Convention), Part IX – Special agreements
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The group of Contracting States may give additional tasks to the European Patent Office.
Special departments common to the Contracting States in the group may be set up within the European Patent Office in order to carry out the additional tasks. The President of the European Patent Office shall direct such special departments; Article 10, paragraphs 2 and Article 10, paragraphs 3, shall apply mutatis mutandis.