Contracting state

Switzerland / Liechtenstein

1

Basis for conversion

 

Deemed withdrawal pursuant to Art. 77(3) EPC

Deemed withdrawal pursuant to Art. 14(2) EPC because the trans­lation in the lan­guage of the pro­ceedings was not filed in time (for applications filed in Italian).


Art. 121 PA

2

Procedural steps to be taken

 

(a) Payment of national filing fee (CHF 200 + CHF 50 for the 11th and each subsequent claim)

(b) Filing of a transla­tion in one of Switzer­land's official languages

(c) Payment of renewal fees already due


Art. 123 PA
Art. 118, 17a(1)(a), 49, 18 PO
Fees Reg. (Annex III)

3

Time limit for taking procedural steps referred to in section 2

 

(a) and (b) time limit set by the IPI

(c) 6 months from a request by the IPI (surcharge payable from 4th month)


Art. 118 PO

4

Must a national professional representative be appointed?

 

The procedural steps referred to in section 2 may be taken by the appli-cant or his represen-tative before the EPO; an authorised professional repre­sentative before the EPO is not required to file a new autho­risation.

For subsequent procedural acts, applicants having their residence or principal place of business abroad must give an address for service in Switzerland or Liechtenstein.


Art. 13 PA
Art. 118 PO

5

Special features

 

If the applicant has his residence or principal place of business abroad, he is first required to indicate in the time limit set by the IPI an address for service in Switzerland or Liechtenstein or appoint a national representative to accept correspondence. The applicant or his representative is then requested to take all subsequent procedural steps.

Text in the drawings may, if admissible, be translated during the national procedure. A translation of the request and search report is not required.

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