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Introductory text to the EPC

The EPC is currently available in HTML and PDF.

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Important note: The authentic text of the EPC is that of the printed version of the EPC published by the EPO and, where appropriate, the text of the amendments as published in the printed version of the EPO's Official Journal.

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