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Oral proceedings by videoconference (updates April 17 and 20, 2020)

April 02, 2020

On 31 March, we reported that your president had received a letter from the EPO President regarding the use of video-conferencing for oral proceedings. The EPO has informed users about this measure at a videoconference meeting of the SACEPO Working Party Rules, which the epi delegates have joined. Your president then sent a response to the EPO President, still on 31 March.

The President has now decided that videoconference would be the default for examination. The EPO will launch a pilot for videoconference in opposition. Please share your experience with us, here (examination) or here (opposition).


Message to our members

March 31, 2020

From the Presidium, a message to the members with information about:

  • Cancellation of the Council meeting in Glasgow
  • epi Secretariat continuity plans activated
  • epi letter to the EPO regarding the EQE cancellation
  • Short report of the "mock e-Council" meeting of the AC
  • Letter from the EPO President regarding oral proceedings by videoconference
  • Message from the International Bureau regarding postal mail and e-mail

German Federal Constitutional Court Stops Ratification of Germany by Allowing Complaint in UPC Case

March 20, 2020

This morning the German Federal Constitutional Court (“Bundesverfassungsgericht”) issued a long-awaited judgment on a complaint filed against the German legislation implementing the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement.


epi view on EQE March 2020 cancellation: UPDATE: Letter to EPO

March 13, 2020

Last week, the Supervisory Board, which is a joint body of the EPO and epi, informed all candidates of EQE 2020 about its decision to cancel the EQE scheduled for 16.-19. March 2020 in view of the current COVID19 epidemic.


COVID - 19

March 13, 2020

Information from the epi President

epi receives numerous messages from members who have been refused a postponement of oral proceedings or transfer to videoconference. If you are affected, please do not hesitate to send a new request, explaining that the situation has changed and is changing.