2.4
Prosecution of the application by a third party 

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

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