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
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:
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" below).
If you prefer to connect to the EPO via web browser and the Skype for Business Web App, please consider the following points:
The Skype Web App is a free download.
Users are strongly advised to perform a test call in good time prior to the date of the 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 13:00 to 16:00 hours CET.
A test call can be arranged by contacting the EPO Serviceline on Mondays to Fridays (except days on which the EPO filing offices are closed) from 7:30 to 18:00 hours CET, by telephone +31703404444 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: