Seat (legal entity)

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In legal English, the seat of a corporation or organisation, as a legal entity, is the location of its headquarters.[1] According to international and national procedural law, "specific legal actions with legal effect for and against the legal entity can be performed at the seat of this entity."[1] However, "the term "seat" is sometimes also used in a broad sense without a specific legal meaning. In this case [it] only defines where an entity is located and does not mean that this location is a legal seat where specific juridical acts can be performed."[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Decision T 1012/03 of December 1, 2006 of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office, Reasons 27.