Business engagements 

In T 1080/99 (OJ 2002, 568) the board held that a "series of business engagements" was not a reason falling within point 2.3 of the 2000 Notice, since business engagements were directly governed and planned by the office of the patent agent or the representative and were not normally affected by "external forces" within the meaning of point 2.3 of the Notice. Moreover according to point 2.4 of the 2000 Notice, "excessive work pressure" was normally not acceptable as a ground for postponement of oral proceedings.

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