The EPO will, however, only act as an IPEA if the international search was also carried out by the EPO or by the Austrian, Finnish, Spanish or Swedish patent office or the Nordic Patent Institute. or the Visegrad Patent Institute. Applicants considering their choice of ISA (PCT request form Box No. VII) are advised to bear this in mind (see also point 201202).
Agreement EPO-WIPO, Art. 3(2), Annex A(ii)
OJ 2010, 304
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