Article 143[ 173 ]
Special departments of the European Patent Office

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 3, shall apply mutatis mutandis.
See decision of the President of the EPO of 30.05.2022 concerning the allocation of the tasks to be carried out by the European Patent Office in relation to the European patent with unitary effect and concerning the entrustment of duties incumbent on the Unitary Patent Protection Division (OJ EPO 2022, A69).

Art. 15, 144-146

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