THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,
Having regard to Article 7, paragraph 2 REV, of the Act revising the European Patent Convention of 29 November 2000 ("Revision Act"),
On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office,
Having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Patent Law,
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:
In accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 REV, second sentence, of the Revision Act, the following transitional provisions shall apply to the amended and new provisions of the European Patent Convention specified below:
3. Article 54(5) shall apply to European patent applications pending at the time of its entry into force, in so far as a decision on the grant of the patent has not yet been taken.
4. Article 112a shall apply to decisions of the Boards of Appeal taken as from the date of its entry into force.
5. Articles 121 and Article 122 shall apply to European patent applications pending at the time of their entry into force and to European patents already granted at that time, in so far as the time limits for requesting further processing or re-establishment of rights have not yet expired at that time.
6. Articles 150 to Article 153 shall apply to international applications pending at the time of their entry into force. However, Articles 154(3) EPC 1973 and Article 155(3) EPC 1973 of the version of the Convention in force before that time shall continue to apply to these applications.
This decision shall enter into force upon the entry into force of the revised text of the Convention in accordance with Article 8 of the Revision Act.