Rule 9 – Administrative structure of the European Patent Office - 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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The European Patent Office shall be divided administratively into Directorates-General, to which the departments specified in Article 15(a) to Article 15(e), and the services set up to deal with legal matters and the internal administration of the Office, shall be assigned.
Each Directorate-General shall be directed by a Vice-President. The assignment of a Vice-President to a Directorate-General shall be decided by the Administrative Council, after the President of the European Patent Office has been consulted.