25 May 2020
Owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Boards of Appeal have been obliged to adopt measures for the conduct of oral proceedings.
The Boards of Appeal have now resumed the holding of oral proceedings, to a limited extent, at their premises in Haar. Parties will be contacted accordingly by communication. They will be requested to confirm that they expect to be able to attend in person and that they do not anticipate being affected by travel restrictions. To facilitate the arrangement of oral proceedings, parties and their representatives will be asked to inform the registry as soon as possible whether they plan to attend.
The Boards of Appeal are the first and final judicial instance in the procedures before the European Patent Office (EPO). They have the task of reviewing contested decisions of the Office's departments of first instance within the framework of the European Patent Convention (EPC). They are headed by the President of the Boards of Appeal.