The formalities officer must ensure that the requirements with regard to representation as set out in A‑VIII, 1 are met. The main points to be considered are:
the necessity for applicants who have neither a residence nor principal place of business in a contracting state to be represented by an authorised professional representative or by an authorised legal practitioner fulfilling the requirements of Art. 134(8)
that, where an applicant who is resident in or has his principal place of business in a contracting state is represented by an employee, the employee is authorised; and
that the authorisation, if any is required (see A‑VIII, 1.5
and the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 12 July 2007, Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, L.1), is in order, duly signed (see A‑VIII, 3.2
and A-VIII, 3.4
) and is filed in due time.