If the designation of the inventor has not been made in accordance with Rule 19, the European Patent Office shall inform the applicant that the European patent application will be refused unless the designation is made within sixteen months of the date of filing of the application or, if priority is claimed, of the date of priority, this period being deemed to have been observed if the information is communicated before completion of the technical preparations for the publication of the European patent application.
Date retrieved: 17 May 2021
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EPC Implementing Rules
EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
EPO Guidelines - F The European Patent Application
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2021, A12 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 22 February 2021 concerning the amendment of Rules 19 and 143 EPC