Contracting state



Basis for conversion


Deemed withdrawal pursuant to Art. 77(3) EPC

Deemed withdrawal pursuant to Art. 90(3) EPC because the trans­lation in the lan­guage of the pro­ceedings was not filed in time (see also section 5)

Art. 158 NPL


Procedural steps to be taken


(a) Payment of

- filing fee (EUR 102.39 for paper filings/EUR 87.03 for electronic filings)

- fee for each priority (EUR 20.05 for paper filings/EUR 17.04 for electronic filings)

(b) Filing of a Spanish translation

Note: the fees may be revised at the beginning of each year.

Art. 98 RD 316


Time limit for taking procedural steps referred to in section 2


2 months after receipt by OEPM of the request for conversion

Art. 98 RD 316


Must a national professional representative be appointed?


The procedural steps referred to in section 2 may be taken by the appli­cant or his represen­tative before the EPO; an authorised professional repre­sentative before the EPO is not required to file a new authori­sation. All subse­quent procedural steps must be taken by an authorised national repre­sen­tative, if the appli­cant has neither a residence nor his principal place of business in the EU.

Art. 158 NPL


Special features


The EP application may also be converted into an appli­ca­tion for a utility model. The same applies to appli­cations refused by the EPO, with­drawn or deemed to be withdrawn.

Art. 159 NPL

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