Continuation regardless of the stage reached in national proceedings 

When giving a decision on the stay of proceedings or thereafter, the Legal Division may set a date on which it intends to continue the proceedings, regardless of the stage reached in the national proceedings.

Unlike the decision on staying the proceedings, it is at the discretion of the Legal Division to decide whether proceedings are to be resumed. In exercising this discretion, the Legal Division has to take into account the impact of a further suspension or the continuation of the proceedings on each of the parties (J 33/03). Some aspects to be taken into account when exercising this discretion are the duration of the stay and the outcome of first-instance proceedings before national courts. Likewise, it shouldwill be considered whether delaying tactics are being employed by the third party.

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