Quick Navigation

 

Case Law of the Boards of Appeal

 
 
1.1.3 Obligation to attend oral proceedings which take place at the instance of the EPO

The purpose of oral proceedings is to settle as far as possible all outstanding questions relevant to the decision and to speed up the procedure. If oral proceedings take place at the instance of the EPO because it considers this to be expedient (see Art. 116(1) EPC), the party has an obligation to attend the oral proceedings. There is no right to a solely written procedure (T 1500/10).