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The applicant may request examination of the European patent application up to six months after the date on which the European Patent Bulletin mentions the publication of the European search report. The request may not be withdrawn.
If the request for examination has been filed before the European search report has been transmitted to the applicant, the European Patent Office shall invite the applicant to indicate, within a period to be specified, whether he wishes to proceed further with the application, and shall give him the opportunity to comment on the search report and to amend, where appropriate, the description, claims and drawings.
If the applicant fails to reply in due time to the invitation under paragraph 2, the application shall be deemed to be withdrawn.
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015
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EPC Implementing Rules
XR.159 EPC The European Patent Office as a designated or elected Office – Requirements for entry into the European phase
EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
EPO Guidelines - B Search
EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination
EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters
XGL E VII 1.2 Duration of the time limits periods to be determined specified by the EPO on the basis of EPC provisions
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - E Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as designated or elected Office
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2014, A31 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 10 February 2014 concerning search and examination fees
XOJ EPO 2013, 156 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 21 February 2013 concerning the request for early processing
XOJ EPO 2013, 150 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 28 January 2013 concerning amended Rule 53(3) EPC
XOJ EPO 2012, 212 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 6 February 2012 concerning search and examination fees
XOJ EPO 2010, 352 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 4 May 2010 concerning the programme for accelerated prosecution of European patent applications "PACE"
XOJ EPO 2010, 133 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 8 February 2010 concerning search and examination fees
XOJ EPO 2009, 542 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 October 2009 concerning the refund of the examination fee (Article 11 of the Rules relating to Fees)
XOJ EPO 2009, 533 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 October 2009 concerning amendments to the Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention (EPC)
XOJ EPO 2009, 481 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 20 August 2009 concerning amended Rule 36(1) and (2) EPC (European divisional applications) and consequential amendments to Rules 57(a) and 135(2) EPC
XOJ EPO 2008, 130 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 11 February 2008 concerning search and examination fees