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Guidelines for Examination

 
 

1.1 Cases in which the proceedings may be interrupted

Proceedings before the EPO will be interruptedPursuant to Rule 142(1), proceedings before the EPO are interrupted in one of the following events:

(i)
in the event of the death or legal incapacity of the applicant for or proprietor of a European patent or of the person authorised by national law to act on his behalf. To the extent that the above events do not affect the authorisation of a representative appointed under Art. 134, proceedings will be interrupted only on application by such representative;
(ii)
in the event of the applicant for or proprietor of a European patent, as a result of some action taken against his property, being prevented by legal reasons from continuing the proceedings before the EPO; or 
(iii)
in the event of the death or legal incapacity of the representative of an applicant for or proprietor of a European patent or of his being prevented for legal reasons resulting from action taken against his property from continuing the proceedings before the EPO. 

In principle, the EPO interrupts proceedings pursuant to Rule 142 ex officio. In the case of Rule 142(1)(a) last sentence, however, proceedings are interrupted on request only.

The parties will be informed of the interruption of the proceedings and the reasons for it.