G 0004/98 (Designation fees) of 27.11.2000

European Case Law Identifier: ECLI:EP:BA:2000:G000498.20001127
Date of decision: 27 November 2000
Case number: G 0004/98
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Language of proceedings: EN
Distribution: A
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Board: EBA
Headnote: I. Without prejudice to Article 67(4) EPC, the designation of a Contracting State party to the EPC in a European patent application does not retroactively lose its legal effect and is not deemed never to have taken place if the relevant designation fee has not been paid within the applicable time limit.
II. The deemed withdrawal of the designation of a Contracting State provided for in Article 91(4) EPC takes effect upon expiry of the time limits mentioned in Article 79(2), Rules 15(2), 25(2) and 107(1) EPC, as applicable, and not upon expiry of the period of grace provided by Rule 85a EPC.
Relevant legal provisions:
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 66
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 67
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 76
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 79
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 80
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 90
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 91
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 108
European Patent Convention 1973 Art 112
European Patent Convention 1973 R 15
European Patent Convention 1973 R 25
European Patent Convention 1973 R 85a
European Patent Convention 1973 R 107
European Patent Convention 1973 R 108
Paris Convention Art 4
Keywords: Failure to pay designation fees
No retroactive effect of deemed withdrawal except for Article 67 EPC
Deemed withdrawal takes effect upon expiry of the time limit for payment of designation fees
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