GA D I 8 Limited Lifting of the competence limitation

As a result of an amendment to the Agreement between the EPO and WIPO under the PCT, any national or resident of the USA filing an international application on or after 1 January 2015 with the USPTO or the IB as receiving Office can select the EPO as IPEA, irrespective of the technical field in which the application is classified. It should, however, be noted that the Notice from the EPO dated 1 October 2007 concerning business methods remains applicable.
OJ 2007, 592
OJ 2010, 304
OJ 2014, A117
The EPO has limited its competence as IPEA under certain conditions. The EPO will not carry out international preliminary examination in respect of any international application filed by a national or resident of the United States of America with the USPTO or the IB as the receiving Office, where such application contains one or more claims relating to the field of business methods as defined in Annex A of the Agreement EPO-WIPO (see point 198).
Agreement EPO-WIPO, Annex A
OJ 2010, 304
Even if the EPO is competent as IPEA for an application claiming a business method, it may be that the EPO will not perform an examination for the reasons set out hereafter (see points 388 ff).
OJ 2007, 592
Where the IB was receiving Office, the EPO is not competent as IPEA for international applications relating to business methods (see point 198), if the international application could have been filed with the USPTO, unless the application could also have been filed with the EPO as receiving Office.

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EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.

EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - D The EPO as an IPEA