Rule 141[ 148 ]
Information on prior art

An applicant claiming priority within the meaning of Article 87 shall file a copy of the results of any search carried out by the authority with which the previous application was filed together with the European patent application, in the case of a Euro-PCT application on entry into the European phase, or without delay after such results have been made available to him.
The copy referred to in paragraph 1 shall be deemed to be duly filed if it is available to the European Patent Office and to be included in the file of the European patent application under the conditions determined by the President of the European Patent Office.
Without prejudice to paragraphs 1 and 2, the European Patent Office may invite the applicant to provide, within a period of two months, information on prior art within the meaning of Article 124, paragraph 1.
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 18/09 of 28.10.2009 (OJ EPO 2009, 585), entered into force on 01.01.2011.
See decision of the President of the EPO of 05.10.2010 on the filing of copies of search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme (OJ EPO 2010, 600) and decisions of the President of the EPO exempting applicants claiming the priority of a first filing made in Austria, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Spain or in SpainSwitzerland from filing a copy of the search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme (OJ EPO 2011, 62; OJ EPO 2012, 540; OJ EPO 2013, 216; OJ EPO 2015, A2, OJ EPO 2016, A18; OJ EPO 2019, A55).
See also notices from the EPO, OJ EPO 2010, 410; OJ EPO 2016, A19OJ EPO 2019, A56.

Art. 124, 140
R. 70b, 112, 113

Version history +
13.12.2007 - 31.12.2010 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)
01.01.2011 - 
Decision of the Administrative Council of 28.10.2009 (CA/D 18/09), (OJ EPO 2009, 585)
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 141Art. 124(1) (elmts)

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