Rule 132 – Periods specified by the European Patent Office - The European Patent Convention, Implementing Regulations – to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents, Part VII – Implementing Regulations to Part VII of the Convention, Chapter V – Time limits
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Where the Convention or these Implementing Regulations refer to "a period to be specified", this period shall be specified by the European Patent Office.
Unless otherwise provided, a period specified by the European Patent Office shall be neither less than two months nor more than four months; in certain circumstances it may be up to six months. In special cases, the period may be extended upon request, presented before the expiry of such period.