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Decision of the Administrative Council of 28 October 2009 dispensing with the supplementary European search where the international search report or a supplementary international search report was drawn up by the European Patent Office (CA/D 11/09)

OJ EPO 2009, 594

THE ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT ORGANISATION,

Having regard to the European Patent Convention, and in particular Article 153(7) thereof,

On a proposal from the President of the European Patent Office,

Having regard to the opinion of the Budget and Finance Committee,

HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

A supplementary European search report shall not be drawn up for international applications in respect of which the international search report or a supplementary international search report has been drawn up by the European Patent Office.

Article 2

This decision shall enter into force on 1 July 2010.

Article 3

The decision of 21 December 1978 (OJ EPO 1/1979, 4 and 2/1979, 50) and Article 1 of decision CA/D 41/07 of 25 October 2007 (OJ EPO 12/2007, 642) shall be rescinded as from 1 July 2010 and replaced by this decision.

Done at Munich, 28 October 2009

For the Administrative Council

The Chairman

Alberto CASADO CERVIÑO