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Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 16 July 2013 concerning the content, form and means of communication of the certificate for a European patent

OJ EPO 2013, 416

The President of the European Patent Office, having regard to Rules 74, 87 and 96 EPC, has decided as follows:

Article 1

Form and means of communication of the certificate for a European patent

(1) The certificate issued for a European patent as granted or amended shall be communicated to the proprietor in paper form. If there is more than one proprietor, a certificate shall be issued to each of them.

(2) Certified copies of the certificate with the specification annexed shall be issued to the proprietor upon request and payment of an administrative fee.

Article 2

Content of the certificate for a European patent

(1) The certificate shall state the patent number and shall certify that the patent has been granted in respect of the invention described and the states designated in the patent specification to the persons named in the certificate. Thereafter it shall state the name and address of the patent proprietor. If there is more than one proprietor, it shall mention each of them by name.

(2) Paragraph 1 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the certificate for a European patent that has been maintained in amended or limited form.

Article 3

Previous decisions superseded

Upon entry into force of this decision, the decision dated 12 July 2007 concerning the content, form and means of communication of the certificate for a European patent (Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, D.2) shall cease to have effect.

Article 4

Entry into force

This decision shall enter into force on 1 January 2014.

Done at Munich, 16 July 2013

Benoît BATTISTELLI

President