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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.


Decommissioning of online filing (CMS) with effect from 1 January 2022

June 30, 2021

The EPO has announced here that the existing web-based online filing service (also known as CMS) will be decommissioned with effect from 1 January 2022. It will be replaced by the EPO's new web-based filing service Online Filing 2.0, which was launched on 1 April 2021. The eOLF and web-form filing services are not affected by this announcement.


Goodbye Skype, Hello Zoom, for EPO oral proceedings before the Examining Division, Receiving Section and Legal Division from 1 October 2021

June 25, 2021

The EPO has announced here that with effect from 1 October 2021, all oral proceedings before the Receiving Section, the Legal Division and the Examining Divisions will be held exclusively by Zoom.
The EPO has decided to decommission Skype for Business as of 1 October 2021.