This means that for any deadlines set by communications issued on or after 1 November 2023 applicants and their representatives will not be able to make use of the 10-day rule for filing responses beyond the nominal deadline. Safeguards will be available in cases where a document is not received or received exceptionally late (more than 7 days after the date). In the event of a dispute concerning the delivery of a document, EPO will retain the obligation to prove that the document was delivered and the date of its delivery. EPO adopts these legal changes in support of digital transformation.
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