Communication with the applicant – representation – address for correspondence (Form 1200, Sections 1, 2 and 3)
The EPO will issue any communication only to the applicant or, where applicable, the professional representative. Accordingly, any procedural action will be accepted by the EPO only if it is undertaken by the applicant or, on his behalf, by the (appointed) professional representative. An exception applies in respect of fees, which can be validly paid to the EPO by a third party.
If an applicant has not appointed a professional representative and is not obliged to do so (see point 459460), he may indicate an address for correspondence to which the EPO will send its communications if all requirements are met. This applies irrespective of whether the applicant is a natural or a legal person.
Please note that an address for correspondence which is acceptable for the procedure in the international phase (see point 107) does not necessarily comply with the requirements applicable in the European phase.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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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"