The IPEA receiving the demand should ensure that it is competent to act as IPEA.[Art. 31(6)(a); Art. 32; Rule 59.3; ]
Although the EPO's competence as an IPEA is not restricted to international applications from EPC contracting states, restrictions of various nature limit its competence. Details are provided in the Euro-PCT Guide, points 308-313.
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018
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EPO PCT GL - C Procedureal Aspects Chapter II
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