Although the EPO's competence to act as ISA is in principle universal, i.e. not restricted to international applications from e.g. EPC contracting states, its competence to act as ISA for an international application is, as set out below, not automatically applicable (see points 196 ff).
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015
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XA.152 EPC The European Patent Office as an International Searching Authority or International Preliminary Examining Authority