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The European Patent Office (EPO) offers inventors a uniform application procedure which enables them to seek patent protection in up to 40 European countries. Supervised by the Administrative Council, the Office is the executive arm of the European Patent Organisation.
Coordination of ECLI in the European Patent Office is carried out by Publication Department.
Postal addressPostfach 90
The country code for the European Patent Office to be used in the second element of the ECLI is: [EP]
Components of the ECLI to identify decisions of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office:
EP= European Patent Office
BA= Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office
2002 - year in which the decision was rendered (example)
D000300= D0003/00 (decision case number)
20020503 = 2002.05.03 (date of the decision)
The ECLI is used to uniquely identify decisions of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office.
Search by ECLI is enabled via the EPO Board of Appeal decisions database (see link below)
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