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Formality Examination of Patent Application in EPO/Europe

The first step after filing of Patent Application with EPO is Formality Examination which is made to determine whether the application fulfills the necessary procedural and formal requirements as follows:

  • an indication that a European patent is sought
  • particulars identifying the applicant
  • a description of the invention or
  • a reference to a previously filed application

including the form and content of the request for grant, drawings and abstract, the designation of the inventor, the appointment of a professional representative, the necessary translations and the fees due.

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