Revised Guidelines effective as of 1 January 2016

The Guidelines on Proceedings before the FPC are upon to change with effect as of 1 January 2016. The FPC currently provides English translations of both the old and the new Guidelines: see Guidelines effective until 31 December 2015 and Guidelines effective as of 1 January 2016.

I have compiled a tracked-changes version to spot the changes:

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Apparently, only Art. 7 is concerned. It is now clarified that the terms refer to main proceedings. Moreover, it is made clear that terms of six weeks are granted for submission of the defence to a claim or a counter-claim, and that a term of four weeks is granted for “further submissions” (e.g. reply and rejoinder). In my perception, this is inline with current practice.

Reported by Martin WILMING

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