Article 152 – The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority - The European Patent Convention, Convention on the Grant of European Patents – (European Patent Convention), Part X – International applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty – Euro-PCT applications
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The European Patent Office shall act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority within the meaning of the PCT, in accordance with an agreement between the Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for applicants who are residents or nationals of a State party to this Convention. This agreement may provide that the European Patent Office shall also act for other applicants.
See Agreement between the EPO and the International Bureau of WIPO under the PCT dated 18/24.10.2007 as amended30.10/28.11.2017 with effect from 01.07.201001.01.2018 (OJ EPO 2010, 304,OJ EPO 2017, A115 last amendments see OJ EPO 2014, A117 and 2016, A30OJ EPO 2018, A24 and OJ EPO 2018, A35).
See the notice from the EPO concerning the carrying out of Supplementary International Searches under the PCT (OJ EPO 2010, 316 and OJ EPO 2014, A117, pt. 3).
See the notice from the EPO dated 08.03.2017 concerning the processing by the EPO as ISA of informal comments on earlier search results ("PCT Direct"), OJ EPO 2015, A51OJ EPO 2017, A21.
See also the notices from the EPO concerning the introduction of a "top-up" search in the procedure under Chapter II PCT, OJ EPO 2014, A57; and online filing of the demand under PCT Chapter II PCT, OJ EPO 2014, A71.