New EPO Rules – Transitional Provisions

Just to remind all those EPA’s out there, Article 2(2) of Decision of the Administrative Council of 25 March 2009 amending the Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention (CA/D 3/09) states:

New Rule 62a, Rule 63 as amended by Article 1, paragraph 2, of this decision, new Rule 70a and Rule 137 as amended by Article 1, paragraph 7, of this decision shall apply to European patent applications for which the European search report or the supplementary European search report is drawn up on or after 1 April 2010.

The date the “European search report or the supplementary European search report is drawn up” is, according to Guidelines for Examination B-X 10:

The date on which the search report was drawn up is indicated in the report. This date should be that of the drafting of the report by the examiner who carried out the search.

Summary: Go by the date in the search report, not the date of mailing of the search report.

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