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European patent - Applications containing a plurality of independent claims

According to Rule 62a of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

(1)

European patent – Bank transfer functionality

As of 14 December 2020 the EPO has added a new functionality to the payment service aimed for facilitating payments by bank transfer.

 

These improvements are an important step towards the goal of providing users with a central service for making and facilitating fee payments, covering all payment methods permitted by the EPO, claiming refunds and managing deposit accounts. The EPO will inform users sufficiently in advance before the final implementation of this central payment service.

Procedure for preparing payments by bank transfer

 

European patent - Extended European search report

According to Rule 62 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

(1)

The European search report is accompanied by an opinion on whether the application and the invention to which it relates seem to meet the requirements of the European Patent Convention, unless a communication under Rule 71, paragraph 1 or 3 of the EPC IR can be issued.

 

European patent - Content of the European search report

According to Rule 61 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

 (1)

The European search report shall mention those documents, available to the European Patent Office at the time of drawing up the report, which may be taken into consideration in deciding whether the invention to which the European patent application relates is new and involves an inventive step. 

(2)

Each citation shall be referred to the claims to which it relates. Where appropriate, relevant parts of the documents cited shall be identified. 

(3)

European patent - Subsequent designation of the inventor

According to Rule 60 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

(1)

European patent - Deficiencies in claiming priority

According to Rule 59 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

European patent - Correction of deficiencies in the application documents

According to Rule 58 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

If the European patent application does not comply with the requirements of Rule 57 (a) to (d), (h) and (i), of the EPC IR, i.e.

a translation of the application required , has not been filed in due time;
 

the request for grant of a European patent does not satisfy the requirements of Rule 41 of the EPC IR;

European patent - Examination as to formal requirements

According to Rule 57 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),


 

If the European patent application has been accorded a date of filing, the European Patent Office shall examine, in accordance with Article 90, paragraph 3, of the EPC, whether:

(a)

European patent application - Missing parts of the description or missing drawings

According to Rule 56 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

(1)

European patent - Examination on filing

According to Rule 55 and other rules of the European Patent Convention (EPC) Implementing Regulations (IR),

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