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"In a brief dated March 5, 2008, the patent proprietors had submitted ten subsidiary requests in preparation for the oral proceedings before the EPO on October 10, 2009. Those requests were initially discussed during those proceedings."
Does the second sentence sound odd? Is there a way of replacing "those proceedings"? "There and then" would be too informal.
Thanks a lot!
From the sentences you supplied, yes:
A happened. Later, B happened
so a straightforward sequence of events.