(1)71 Rules 42, 43 and 46 Rule 47 to 49 shall apply to documents replacing documents making up the European patent application. Rule 49, paragraphs Rule 49, paragraph 2 to 12, shall also apply to the translation of the claims referred to in Rule 71.
(2)72 The President of the European Patent Office shall determine the presentation requirements of all All documents other than those making up the application shall generally be typewritten or printed. There shall be a margin of about 2.5 cm on the left-hand side of each page.
(3) Documents filed after filing the application shall be signed, with the exception of annexed documents. If a document has not been signed, the European Patent Office shall invite the party concerned to do so within a time limit to be specified. If signed in due time, the document shall retain its original date of receipt; otherwise it shall be deemed not to have been filed.
70See decision of the President of the EPO of 12.07.2007 (Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, A.3).
See notice from the EPO of 08.11.2013 concerning application of Rules 49 and 50 EPC to handwritten amendments (OJ EPO 2013, 603).
See decision of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 3/99 (Annex I).
71Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 10/22 of 13.10.2022 (OJ EPO 2022, A101), which entered into force on 01.02.2023.
72Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 10/22 of 13.10.2022 (OJ EPO 2022, A101), which entered into force on 01.02.2023.
See decision of the President of the EPO of 25.11.2022 on the presentation of application and other documents (OJ EPO 2022, A113).
See notice from the EPO of 25.11.2022 concerning legal changes to support digital transformation in the patent grant procedure (OJ EPO 2022, A114).
13.12.2007 - 31.01.2023Decision of the Administrative Council of 07.12.2006 (CA/D 10/06), (OJ EPO 2007, 8 and Special edition 1/2007)01.02.2023 -CA/D 10/22 (OJ EPO 2022, A101)