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11.1.2
Status of oral proceedings held by video-conference 

Oral proceedings held by video-conference are equivalent to oral proceedings held in the traditional manner on the premises of the EPO. Consequently a request for further oral proceedings before the same department (whether by video-conference or in any other form) may be rejected where the parties and the subject of the proceedings are the same (Art. 116(1)). The applicant will therefore no longer be required to file a waiver declaration.