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EPO to End the “10-Day Rule” from November 1, 2023

The European Patent Office (EPO) will end the “10-Day Rule” from November 1, 2023.

The “10-day rule”, also known as the “10-day grace period”, refers to Rule 126(2) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) which stipulates that official communications from the EPO are deemed to have been delivered to the recipient 10 days after the date which they were issued.

Rule 126(2) EPC will likely be amended such that from November 1, 2023 onwards, official communications from EPO will be deemed to be delivered on the same date which they were issued.

See the full EPO article here.

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