The EPO operates two VICO platforms
Please select the one suited to your needs
Users are strongly advised to perform a test call in good time prior to the date of the opposition oral proceedings, i.e. at least 10 working days in advance.
The EPO offers the possibility for test calls on Mondays to Fridays (except days on which the EPO filing offices are closed) from 11:00 to 16:00 hours CET.
A test call can be arranged by contacting the EPO ServiceLine by telephone (+31) (0) 70 340 4444 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EPO ServiceLine will schedule a 30 minutes test session and send you an invitation with the connection details for the call.
Goals that need to be met in the test are:
Should you experience any issues in establishing the connection, please contact the EPO videoconferencing service under the following telephone number: (+31) (0) 70 340 4444.
in the Notice from the European Patent Office dated 14 April 2020 concerning the
pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition
divisions (OJ EPO 2020, A42), oral proceedings may be held by
videoconference in opposition if all parties to the oral proceedings agree. As of 14 September 2020, technical infrastructure has been put in place to also enable the holding of oral proceedings in opposition requiring simultaneous interpretation. This infrastructure may also be used for oral proceedings with several opponents. Users interested in holding such oral proceedings should familiarize themselves with the following technical requirements and recommendations.
The EPO supports the following technologies for connecting to oral proceedings in opposition requiring simultaneous interpretation held as a video-conference:
If you have any of the above Zoom setup you are advised to run a compatibility test of your equipment with the EPO, preferably at least 10 working days before the oral proceedings are due to take place (see "Test call" above).
Please note that due to its limited functionality, the Zoom Web client is not suitable to attend oral proceedings requiring simultaneous interpretation. It is thus not possible to use the Zoom Web client.
For more information see Getting started in the Zoom help centre.
High-quality audio is essential for simultaneous interpretation. Preferably, use a microphone or wired headset certified for Zoom.
As announced in the Updated notice from the European Patent Office dated 15 November 2018 concerning interviews and oral proceedings to be held as a video-conference (OJ EPO 2018, A96), since 2019 video-conferences with the EPO are conducted using IP technology only. Users interested in holding an interview or oral proceedings before an examining or opposition division as a video-conference should familiarise themselves with the following technical requirements and recommendations.
The EPO supports the following technologies for connecting to interviews and oral proceedings held as a video-conference:
If you have a Skype for Business or SIP/H.323 setup you are advised to run a compatibility test of your equipment with the EPO well before the oral proceedings are due to take place (see "Test call" above).
If you prefer to connect to the EPO via web browser, the Skype for Business Web App is freely usable without the need for any software download.