308. Form and contents of application for a European patent and date of filing.

An application for a European patent must contain a request for the grant of a European patent, a description of the invention, one or more claims, any drawings referred to in the description or the claims and an abstract1. The application is subject to the payment of a filing fee and a search fee within one month of its filing, and must satisfy the conditions laid down in the Implementing Regulations2.

All the contracting states3 at the time of filing of the European patent application are deemed to be designated in the request for grant of a European patent4. Designation