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4.7 Amendments not admitted and/or not allowable, examination resumed

Until the decision to grant the European patent, the Examining Division may resume the examination proceedings at any time. This applies inter alia when the applicant files non-allowable or inadmissible amendments in response to the Rule 71(3) communication.

The Examining Division may also resume the examination proceedings under the Rule 71(3) waiver procedure if the waiver is not consented to by the Examining Division (see C‑V, 4.11).


Rule 71a(2)