European patent registration - Information on prior art

According to Article 124 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) :


The European Patent Office (EPO)  may, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations, invite the applicant to provide information on prior art taken into consideration in national or regional patent proceedings and concerning an invention to which the European patent application relates. 



If the applicant fails to reply in due time to an invitation under paragraph 1 of this article , the European patent application shall be deemed to be withdrawn.


Prepared by European Patent Registration and Consulting Services