The minutes are normally written in the language of the proceedings under Art. 14(3), i.e. the EPO official language in which the application was filed or into which it was translated. The exceptions are set out in Rule 4(6).

Amendments to the text of the description or claims of the application or patent must be recorded in the minutes in the language of the proceedings under Art. 14(3).

Where the exact wording is important, or if the parties so insist, the minutes must record the following, word for word, in the EPO official language actually used or into which the statements were translated, as provided for in Rule 4(6):

requests of the parties 
legally relevant statements by parties, witnesses, experts and division members, and 
order of the decision. 

For derogations from the language of proceedings see E‑V, 6.

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