Publication of the Euro-PCT application by the EPO
In accordance with this principle, a Euro-PCT application published by the IB in an official language of the EPO enjoys, subject to the provisions of Article 67(3) EPC, provisional protection as from the date of the international publication. The EPO will, once the application has entered the European phase, notify the applicant of the publication of the bibliographic data of the Euro-PCT application in the European Patent Bulletin and confirm that the application, subject to the provisions of Article 67(2) and (3) EPC, enjoys provisional protection in the individual EPC contracting states.
If the Euro-PCT application was published by the IB in a language other than one of the three official languages of the EPO, the EPO will publish the translation of the Euro-PCT application submitted by the applicant upon entry into the European phase (see point 5.5.001). In that case the provisional protection is, subject to Article 67(2) EPC and Article 67 (3) EPC, only effective as from the date of publication of the translation by the EPO.
the description as originally filed;
the claims as originally filed;
any drawings as originally filed;
the sequence listing forming part of the description (see point 5.6.010);
any appendices to the application;
any certificate(s) of the deposit of biological material;
the translation of the ISR.
The mandatory translation of the annexes to the IPER and any amendments to the application documents filed on or after entry into the European phase are not published.
Pursuant to Article 153(6) EPC the international search report takes the place of the European search report. Once the supplementary European search report has been drawn up, this will be mentioned in the European Patent Bulletin, Part I.1(4). The supplementary search report itself is not published but is available via public file inspection.
Date retrieved: 17 May 2021
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EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - C The EPO as ISA and SISA
XGA C5 Chapter 5 – Euro-PCT procedure before the EPO as a designated (PCT Chapter I) or elected (PCT Chapter II) Office