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The European Patent Office as designated Office or elected Office

According to Article 153 of the European Paten Convention (EPC) ,


 

(1)

The European Patent Office (EPO) shall be

 

(a)

The European Patent Office (EPO) as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority

According to Article 152 of the European Paten Convention ,  

The European Patent Office shall act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority within the meaning of the PCT, in accordance with an agreement between the European Patent Organisation and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization, for applicants who are residents or nationals of a State party to the European Patent Convention (EPC). This agreement may provide that the European Patent Office shall also act for other applicants. 

 

European patent - Unitary patents

 

According to Article 142 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) ,

 

1)

 

Renewal fees for European patents

According to Article 141 of the European Paten Convention (EPC) ,

 

(1)

European patent - Prior rights and rights arising on the same date

According to Article 139 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) ,

 

1)

In any designated European Patent Convention (EPC) Contracting State a European patent application and a European patent shall have with regard to a national patent application and a national patent the same prior right effect as a national patent application and a national patent.

 

2)

Revocation of European patents

According to article 138 of the European Patent Convention (EPC),

 (1)

Subject to Article 139 of the European Patent Convention (EPC), a European patent may be revoked with effect for a Contracting State only on the grounds that:

(a)

European patent application - Formal requirements for conversion

According to Article 137 of the European Patent Convention (EPC), 


 

(1)

European patent - Request for conversion

 

According to Article 135 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) ,

 

(1)

European patent registration - General principles of representation

According  to Art. 133 of the European Patent Convention,

 

 (1)

Subject to paragraph 2,in this article ,  no person shall be compelled to be represented by a professional representative in proceedings established by this Convention.

 

(2)

European Patent Office (EPO) Periodical publications

According to Article 129 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) , the European Patent Office (EPO) periodically publishes:

:

(a)

 

a European Patent Bulletin containing the particulars the publication of which is prescribed by the European Patent Convention, (EPC) , the (EPC) Implementing Regulations or the President of the European Patent Office;

 

(b)

 

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