2007 Rule 68

68. Altered prescribed periods

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(1) This rule applies to an international application for a patent (UK) which has begun the national phase of the application.

(2) The period prescribed for the purposes of section 13(2) is-

  • (a) the period prescribed by rule 10(3); or
  • (b) if it expires later, the period of two months beginning immediately after1 the date on which the national phase begins.


(3) The period prescribed for the purposes of sections 15(10)(c) and (d) and 17(1) is-

  • (a) the period prescribed by rule 22(2) and (7); or
  • (b) if it expires later, the period of two months beginning immediately after2 the date on which the national phase begins.


(4) The period prescribed for the purposes of section 18(1) is-

  • (a) thirty three months beginning immediately after3-
    • (i) where there is no declared priority date, the date of filing of the application; or
    • (ii) where there is a declared priority date, that date; or
  • (b) if it expires later, the period of two months beginning immediately after4 the date on which the national phase begins.

[Periods are extendable under Rules 108(2) or 108(3): Schedule 4, part 2]

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