Prosecution of the application by a third party 

If a third party wishes to avail himself of the possibility open to him under Art. 61(1)(a) (see A‑IV, 2.1(i)), he must declare his intention in writing to the EPO in due time. He then takes the place of the erstwhile applicant. The proceedings for grant are continued from the point reached when the third party filed his declaration, or when they were stayed (see A‑IV, 2.2).

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