A (common) agent appointed in the PCT request as agent for an international application is appointed only for the international phase. This means that a professional representative authorised to act before the EPO and who acted for the applicant(s) in the international phase is not automatically considered to be the representative for the European phase. However, if the EPO is receiving Office and the agent is appointed by separate authorisation, the applicant(s) may, at the same time, indicate therein that the agent is also appointed to represent the applicant(s) before the EPO as designated or elected Office in the European phase. For the designation of an agent for the international and European phase at the same time, the applicant may use Form EPA/EPO/OEB 1003 available on the EPO's website.[ 20 ].
If the appointment of an agent is effected by reference to an existing general power of attorney and filing of a copy (see point 104), the appointment of the agent also for the European phase must be explicitly made in a separate notice.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - B The EPO as a PCT receiving Office
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office
XGA E III 1 Requirements specific to applicants with neither residence nor principal place of business in an EPC contracting state - "non-resident applicants"