Rule 12

1. [Requirements Under Article 11(1)]
a) A Contracting Party may require that a request referred to in Article 11(1):

(i) be signed by the applicant or owner;
(ii) contain an indication to the effect that extension of a time limit is requested, and an identification of the time limit in question.
b) Where a request for extension of a time limit is filed after the expiration of the time limit, a Contracting Party may require that all of the requirements in respect of which the time limit for the action concerned applied be complied with at the same time as the request is filed.


2. [Period and Time Limit Under Article 11(1)]
a) The period of extension of a time limit referred to in Article 11(1) shall be not less than two months from the date of the expiration of the unextended time limit.
b) The time limit referred to in Article 11(1)(ii) shall expire not earlier than two months from the date of the expiration of the unextended time limit.


3. [Requirements Under Article 11(2)(i)] A Contracting Party may require that a request referred to in Article 11(2):
(i) be signed by the applicant or owner;
(ii) contain an indication to the effect that relief in respect of non-compliance with a time limit is requested, and an identification of the time limit in question.


4. [Time Limit for Filing a Request Under Article 11(2)(ii)] The time limit referred to in Article 11(2)(ii) shall expire not earlier than two months after a notification by the Office that the applicant or owner did not comply with the time limit fixed by the Office.


5. [Exceptions Under Article 11(3)]
a) No Contracting Party shall be required under Article 11(1) or (2) to grant:
(i) a second, or any subsequent, relief in respect of a time limit for which relief has already been granted under Article 11(1) or (2);
(ii) relief for filing a request for relief under Article 11(1) or (2) or a request for reinstatement under Article 12(1);
(iii) relief in respect of a time limit for the payment of maintenance fees;
(iv) relief in respect of a time limit referred to in Article 13(1), (2) or (3);
(v) relief in respect of a time limit for an action before a board of appeal or other review body constituted in the framework of the Office;
(vi) relief in respect of a time limit for an action in inter partes proceedings.
b) No Contracting Party which provides a maximum time limit for compliance with all of the requirements of a procedure before the Office shall be required under Article 11(1) or (2) to grant relief in respect of a time limit for an action in that procedure in respect of any of those requirements beyond that maximum time limit.