National holiday 

In T 664/00 the appellant (patent proprietor) had requested an adjournment of oral proceedings in order to allow them to be attended by an expert from the United States, which would not have been possible on the date appointed by the board since this was a public holiday in the USA. The board rejected the request as national holidays in individual contracting states are not recognised by the EPO for practical reasons. To allow for national holidays in non-contracting states throughout the world would be even less practical.

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