Official Journal June 2019

Citation: A55
Online publication date: 28.6.2019

EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE


Information from the EPO

Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 4 June 2019 exempting applicants claiming the priority of a first filing made in Switzerland from filing a copy of the search results under Rule 141(1) EPC – utilisation scheme[ 1 ], [ 2 ]

The President of the European Patent Office, having regard to Rules 141(1) and (2) and 70b(1) and (2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC), has decided as follows:

Article 1

Exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results

The European Patent Office shall include in the file of a European patent application a copy of the search results referred to in Rule 141(1) EPC, thus exempting the applicant from filing said copy, where the priority of a first filing made in Switzerland is claimed.

Article 2

Entry into force

This decision shall enter into force on 1 August 2019 and shall apply to European patent applications in respect of which an invitation under Rule 70b(1) EPC has not yet been despatched by the date of entry into force of this decision.

Done at Munich, 4 June 2019

António CAMPINOS

President

 

 

[ 1 ] See notice from the European Patent Office dated 28.07.2010 concerning amended Rule 141 EPC and new Rule 70b EPC – utilisation scheme, OJ EPO 2010, 410.

[ 2 ] See notice from the European Patent Office dated 04.06.2019 concerning exemption under Rule 141(2) EPC from filing a copy of the search results – utilisation scheme, OJ EPO 2019, A56.

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