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2.3. The right to be heard in case of the non-attendance at oral proceedings

The proceedings may continue without the duly summoned but non-attending party (R. 115(2) EPC, R. 71(2) EPC 1973). The case law of the boards demonstrate, however, that the non-attending party's right to be heard under Art. 113 EPC must not be ignored.