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2.2.3 Relevant time limits

"Time limit" is taken to mean a specific period of time within which an act vis-à-vis the EPO has to be completed. A time limit is therefore not a date, i.e. an appointed day. Accordingly, no provision may be made for re-establishment of rights in the event of failure to be present on the date appointed for oral proceedings.

The following are examples of cases where re-establishment of rights may be possible in the event of failure to comply with a time limit. They concern the time limits for:

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the payment of the fee for the publishing of the new specification of the European patent; 
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the filing of the translation of any amended claims in opposition proceedings; 
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filing the request for a decision by the Opposition Division on the awarding of costs; 
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appeals filed by applicants or patent proprietors (see E‑X, 6);
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filing a request for review by the Enlarged Board of Appeal; and 
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claiming priority of an earlier first application according to Art. 87(1) (see A‑III, 6.6).