If the applicant wishes to obtain a European patent he must enter what is known as "the European phase", which means that he must fulfil the requirements (see points 443444 ff) for initiating the processing of his application by the EPO as designated or elected Office in due time (see point 414415).
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office
XGA E I 7 How and where should the applicant initiate the procedure before the EPO as a designated/elected Office (Form 1200)?