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May 21, 2021

Oral proceedings in opposition – extension of ViCo pilot project

In the wake of oral proceedings in case G1/21, the President of the EPO has announced (see here) that the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions, initially set to run until 14 September 2021, is further extended to run until 31 January 2022.

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May 18, 2021

Webinar on IP Licensing

Find out how to set up and execute a licensing program in our upcoming webinar with Tony Tangena on 14 June 2021.

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Oral proceedings before
the Boards of Appeal
Continuation of the measures adopted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and revised practice on oral proceedings by VICO effective as of 1 January 2021

In press release dated 15 December 2020, the Boards of Appeal inform that they have reassessed some of their measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings. In particular, the practice on conducting oral proceedings using videoconferencing (VICO) technology has been revised: from 1 January 2021 Boards may conduct oral proceedings by VICO even without the agreement of the parties concerned, as has now been made clear in the new Article 15a RPBA adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee, which enter into force on 1 April 2021. Since the new provision merely clarifies an existing possibility, Boards may adapt their practice as regards dispensing with the need to obtain the agreement of the parties concerned even before the date of its entry into force of Article 15a RPBA.


epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(update 7 July 2020)

The Presidium and the Board of the epi are closely monitoring the situation created in Europe by the Covid-19 epidemic. Sadly, we can only observe how this epidemic is impacting our families, our communities, our profession and our very way of life. We can but hope that all of you are well and keeping safe.

Measures have been implemented to ensure, as far as possible under the circumstances, support for the Presidium, Board, Council and committees.

On 29 June 2020, epi C88 Council meeting was held electronically including voting for e.g. the members of the Board and the Disciplinary committee.

Further precautionary measures include the postponement or cancellation of all epi meetings and educational events. Committee meetings can be conducted using the videoconference tool of epi.