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Germany ratifies UPC Protocol on Provisional Application – Slovenia and Austria en route

October 01, 2021

As reported in the latest issue of epi Information, the German Federal President recently signed the ratification law of both the UPC Agreement and the Protocol on Provisional Application ("PPA"), which was published in the Federal Law Gazette on 12 August 2021.

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New measures for oral proceedings before EPO Board of Appeal - access to building only for vaccinated, recovered or tested individuals from 27 September 2021

September 30, 2021

In a communication dated 22 September 2021, the Boards of Appeal have revised their measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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