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PREFACE

Under the provisions of the European Patent Convention and its Implementing Regulations, and in accordance with the general managerial powers conferred upon him, the President of the European Patent Office is empowered to take decisions concerning certain legal and technical details relating to the procedures before the EPO.

The most important of these decisions, along with a selection of notices from the EPO, decisions of the Administrative Council and other relevant texts (published up to and including Official Journal 1/2016), are reproduced in the Ancillary Regulations to the European Patent Convention, the latest version of which is published in this supplementary publication of the Official Journal.

Together with the 16th edition of the print version of the European Patent Convention and its online HTML counterpart, which is updated on an ongoing basis, the Ancillary Regulations provide a handy yet comprehensive overview of current European patent law.

European Patent Office

March 2016