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4.3 Ancillary proceedings

It will be incumbent upon the Opposition Division to conduct ancillary proceedings arising in the course of opposition proceedings, such as the processing of requests for re-establishment of rights in respect of a time limit which was not observed vis-à-vis the EPO during the opposition proceedings or of requests for a decision concerning a finding arrived at by the formalities officer that a right has been lost. Additional tasks may be entrusted to the Opposition Divisions by the President of the EPO in accordance with Rule 11(2).