Charts showing time limits to be met by applicants
The EPC provides for three types of time limit:
Time limits computed from the actual or deemed date of filing or the date of priority
Time limits of a duration laid down in the EPC which are computed from an event other than the date of filing or priority
Time limits laid down by the EPO in the course of the grant procedure
The EPO reminds applicants of all time limits of types 2 and 3 above, apart from those for further processing (see point 225) and re-establishment of rights (see points 226-227).
The charts below are particularly designed to help applicants keep track of time limits of type 1.
Chart A relates to a European patent application which is a first filing.
Chart Brelates to a European patent application which claims the priority of an earlier application and is assumed to have been filed ten months after the earlier application.
The charts do not take into account the special time limits which apply to European divisional applications and new European patent applications filed in accordance with Article 61(1)(b) (see Rules 16(2), 51(6) and Rule 60(2)).