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EPO user survey on oral proceedings by VICO in opposition

September 14, 2021

The EPO has this month launched a user survey on its pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference (VICO) before EPO opposition divisions. The EPO’s notice and a link to the survey can be found here.


An epi update about the progress towards a future e:EQE

September 06, 2021

An epi update about the progress made since the conference held on 21 June 2021 to discuss the modernisation of the e:EQE and the modular approach presented in the e:EQE discussion paper of May 2021.


Today, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has issued the order of its decision in case G 1/21

July 16, 2021

The Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has today released its order in case G1/21 establishing that “During a general emergency impairing the parties' possibilities to attend in-person oral proceedings at the EPO premises, the conduct of oral proceedings before the boards of appeal in the form of a videoconference is compatible with the EPC even if not all of the parties to the proceedings have given their consent to the conduct of oral proceedings in the form of a videoconference”.


German Constitutional Court Rejects Preliminary Injunctions in UPC Case

July 09, 2021

As published today, in a long-awaited order issued on 23 June 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) rejected two applications for a preliminary injunction filed together with the constitutional complaints against the German ratification law for the UPC Agreement.


Webinar: Collaboration with overseas patent colleagues from South Korea

July 06, 2021

epi continues with this successful webinar series focusing this time on South Korea. The webinar is free of charge for epi members and epi students.