Time Limits & Volcanic Ash (R.134 EPC)

The European Patent Office has declared a dislocation in the delivery of mail from 15 to 28 April 2010.

As the dislocation affected inter alia Germany and the Netherlands, time limits to be observed vis-à-vis the EPO, which would have expired in the period from 15 to 28 April 2010, have been extended to 29 April 2010 (see Rule 134(2) EPC).

As far as time limits under the PCT are concerned, applicants are referred to Rule 82 PCT. This provision, however, does not apply to the priority period. If an international application was received at the EPO after expiry of the priority period, restoration of the right of priority may be available (Rule 26bis.3 PCT).

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