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Interruption of time limits 

The time limits in force at the date of staying other than time limits for payment of renewal fees are interrupted by such staying. The time which has not yet elapsed begins to run as from the date on which proceedings are resumed. However, the time still to run after the resumption of the proceedings may not be less than two months.

Example: The six-month time limit under Art. 94(1) and Rule 70(1) begins on 1 July 2008. Proceedings are stayed on 23 September 2008 and resumed on 4 August 2009. The last day of the period already elapsed is 22 September 2008. The time which has not elapsed is therefore 8 days and 3 months, begins on 4 August 2009 and ends on 11 November 2009.


Rule 14(4)