A.77 EPC Forwarding of European patent applications

The central industrial property office of a Contracting State shall forward to the European Patent Office any European patent application filed with it or any other competent authority in that State, in accordance with the Implementing Regulations. 
A European patent application the subject of which has been made secret shall not be forwarded to the European Patent Office. 
A European patent application not forwarded to the European Patent Office in due time shall be deemed to be withdrawn. 
[ Art. 135 137 R. 35 37 45 112 134 155 ]
Amended by the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29.11.2000. 

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