Notwithstanding D‑VII, 1.1 above, oppositions are to be given priority:
if the earlier examination proceedings were of considerably longer duration than usual;
if the opposition proceedings have already extended over a considerably longer period than usual;
if a party to the proceedings has submitted a reasoned request for accelerated processing in a case where an infringement action in respect of the European patent is pending before a national court of a contracting state, or if the EPO is informed by a national court or competent authority of a contracting state that infringement actions are pending (Notice from the EPO dated 17 March 2008, OJ EPO 2008, 221
if other matters to be dealt with, e.g. divisional applications, hinge upon the final decision concerning the opposition; or
if the next procedural step can be dealt with relatively quickly.