Rule 11 – Allocation of duties to the departments of first instance - The European Patent Convention, Implementing Regulations – to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents, Part I – Implementing Regulations to Part I of the Convention, Chapter II – Organisation of the European Patent Office, Section 1 – General matters
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Technically qualified examiners acting as members of Search, Examining or Opposition Divisions shall be assigned to Directorates. The President of the European Patent Office shall allocate duties to these Directorates by reference to the international classification.
The President of the European Patent Office may allocate further duties to the Receiving Section, the Search, Examining and Opposition Divisions, and the Legal Division, in addition to the responsibilities vested in them under the Convention.
The President of the European Patent Office may entrust to employees who are not technically or legally qualified examiners the execution of duties falling to the Search, Examining or Opposition Divisions and involving no technical or legal difficulties.