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2. Stay of proceedings under Rule 14 due to pending national entitlement proceedings

If a third party provides evidence that he has instituted proceedings against the applicant seeking a decision within the meaning of Art. 61(1), the proceedings for grant are stayed unless the third party communicates to the EPO in writing his consent to the continuation of proceedings. This consent is irrevocable. For further details see A‑IV, 2.2 and sub-sections, and D‑VII, 4.1.


Rule 14(1)