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The European Patent Convention

 
 

Rule 132
Periods specified by the European Patent Office

(1)
Where the Convention or these Implementing Regulations refer to "a period to be specified", this period shall be specified by the European Patent Office. 
(2)
Unless otherwise provided, a period specified by the European Patent Office shall be neither less than two months nor more than four months; in certain circumstances it may be up to six months. In special cases, the period may be extended upon request, presented before the expiry of such period. 
References

Art. 120
R. 109, 116

 
Cross-reference list
EPC EPC 1973
R. 132R. 84