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No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal until 30 April 2020

1 April 2020

Considering the pandemic spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Boards of Appeal is forced to restrict its judicial activities.

Oral proceedings will not be held in the premises of the Boards of Appeal until 30 April 2020. Concerned parties will be contacted accordingly with a communication.

The Boards of Appeal will continue to issue written decisions, communications and summonses to oral proceedings.

The President of the Boards of Appeal will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate measures as the situation evolves.

In view of the rapidly evolving situation with the novel Corona virus (COVID-19), all parties to oral proceedings scheduled to take place before the EPO Boards of Appeal are advised to regularly check the web section of the Boards of Appeal for updated information on access to the premises of the Boards of Appeal in Haar.



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.



Decisions database

All decisions of the Boards of Appeal are contained in a searchable decisions database which is updated daily.

For a summary of the jurisprudence of the Boards of Appeal arranged by topic (e.g. novelty, inventive step) please refer to the publication "Case Law of the Boards of Appeal" (2019 edition).

Appeal procedure

For general information on the procedure before the Boards of Appeal, consult the section "Procedure".

Statistics

Detailed statistics on proceedings before the Boards and other information on the activities of the Boards are published in the Annual report of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

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