A.94 EPC Examination of the European patent application

(1)
The European Patent Office shall, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations, examine on request whether the European patent application and the invention to which it relates meet the requirements of this Convention. The request shall not be deemed to be filed until the examination fee has been paid.[ 95 ]
(2)
If no request for examination has been made in due time, the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 
(3)
If the examination reveals that the application or the invention to which it relates does not meet the requirements of this Convention, the Examining Division shall invite the applicant, as often as necessary, to file his observations and, subject to Article 123, paragraph 1, to amend the application.
(4)
If the applicant fails to reply in due time to any communication from the Examining Division, the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 
 
[ Art. 18 121 124 129 150 R. 6 10 69 70 70b 71 112 114 135 138 141 142 159 ]
Amended by the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29.11.2000. 
See the notice from the EPO concerning the programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications ("PACE"), OJ EPO 2015, A93 and the notice from the EPO concerning ways to expedite the European grant procedure, OJ EPO 2015, A94.
See notice from the EPO, OJ EPO 2016, A20.

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EPC Articles

EPC Implementing Rules

EPC Rules relating to Fees

EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination

EPO Guidelines - B Search

EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination

EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters

EPO Guidelines - F The European Patent Application

EPO Guidelines - H Amendments and Corrections

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office

Offical Journal of the EPO

Case Law Book: II Conditions to be met by an Application

Case Law Book: III Amendments

Case Law Book: IV Divisional Applications

Case Law of the Enlarged Board

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