A.66 EPC Equivalence of European filing with national filing

A European patent application which has been accorded a date of filing shall, in the designated Contracting States, be equivalent to a regular national filing, where appropriate with the priority claimed for the European patent application. 
[ Art. 80 87 88 135 137 140 R. 40 155 ]
See opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 4/98 (Annex I).

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