General principles of representation
- Subject to paragraph 2, no person shall be compelled to
be represented before the Office.
- Without prejudice to the second subparagraph of para
graph 3, natural or legal persons not having either their domi
cile or their principal place of business or a real and effective
industrial or commercial establishment in the Community must
be represented before the Office in accordance with Article
78(1) in all proceedings before the Office established by this
Regulation, other than in filing an application for a registered
Community design; the implementing regulation may permit
- Natural or legal persons having their domicile or prin
cipal place of business or a real and effective industrial or
commercial establishment in the Community may be repre
sented before the Office by one of their employees, who must
file with it a signed authorisation for inclusion in the files, the
details of which are set out in the implementing regulation.
An employee of a legal person to which this paragraph applies
may also represent other legal persons which have economic
connections with the first legal person, even if those other legal
persons have neither their domicile nor their principal place of
business nor a real and effective industrial or commercial estab
lishment within the Community.