Oral proceedings at the EPO to be held online

The European Patent Office (EPO) recently decided that in the future, oral proceedings in the examination phase are to be held by video conference before the Examining Division. It will, however, still be possible, upon request, to have the oral proceedings in person at the EPO in Munich if there are serious reasons against having the oral proceedings by video conference.

At present, all oral proceedings are cancelled until 17 April due to the coronavirus outbreak, and even though the decision entered into force on 2 April, it will apply to oral proceedings scheduled for a date after 17 April.

Read more about the decision here:

Aera has a video setup that was tested together with the EPO during the past few years, and we have thus been able to get practical experience with oral proceedings by video conference. Get in touch if you have questions or want to learn more.