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2.3 Limitation of the option to withdraw the European patent application

As from the time when a third party proves to the EPO that he has initiated proceedings concerning entitlement (see A‑IV, 2.2) and up to the date on which the EPO resumes the proceedings for grant (see A‑IV, 2.2.5), neither the European patent application nor the designation of any Contracting State may be withdrawn.


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