In accordance with the established case law of the boards, re-establishment cannot be justified by ignorance or misinterpretation
of an EPC provision. This also applies to individual applicants without a representative (J 2/02
). With regard to re-establishment in respect of disciplinary proceedings and the European Qualifying Examination, the board ruled in D 6/82
(OJ 1983, 337) that a mistake of law, particularly one regarding the provisions on notification and calculation of time limits, did not, as a general rule, constitute grounds for re-establishment of rights. The obligation to take "all due care required by the circumstances" meant that persons engaged in proceedings before or involving the EPO had to acquaint themselves with the relevant procedural rules.