In the light of the developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Boards of Appeal have revised some of their measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings.
Today, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued the order of its decision in case G 1/21, in which it ruled that oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal can, during a period of general emergency impairing the parties' possibilities to attend in-person oral proceedings at the EPO premises, be held by videoconference even without the consent of the parties.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 4/19 (Double patenting) today, in which it held that a European patent application can be refused by reason of the prohibition on double patenting.
The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal has scheduled public oral proceedings in case G 1/21 for 2 July 2021. Members of the media and the public will be able to livestream the proceedings online.
European patent EP2373154 concerns barley and malt-derived beverages with low dimethyl sulfide level. In its decision announced at the end of the oral proceedings on 8 June 2021, Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04 upheld the patent as granted.
With effect from 1 June 2021, the Boards of Appeal will begin to notify documents in appeal proceedings electronically via the EPO Mailbox
The EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal has scheduled public oral proceedings in case G 1/21 for 28 May 2021. Members of the media and the public will be able to livestream the proceedings online.
Last year was shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the impact of this global health crisis, the Boards of Appeal were able to continue their successful reforms.
New Article 15a of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal (RPBA) on oral proceedings by videoconference enters into force on 1 April 2021.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal has summoned the parties in case G 1/21, "Oral proceedings by videoconference", to oral proceedings on 28 May 2021 by videoconference via Zoom in accordance with Article 14 of the Rules of Procedure of the Enlarged Board of Appeal.
The canteen facilities on the premises of the Boards of Appeal in Haar have reopened as a takeaway-only service.
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issued decision G 1/19 (Simulations) today in which it held that the established case law on computer-implemented inventions (COMVIK approach) applies to computer-implemented simulations.
New Case Law publication containing summaries of decisions in the language of the proceedings now published
Canteen facilities on the premises of the Boards of Appeal in Haar and in the Isar Building will be closed from 11 January 2021 until further notice