28 April 2021
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Yesterday, the President of the EPO submitted written observations to the Enlarged Board of Appeal on case G 1/21, "Oral proceedings by videoconference". The referral concerns the question whether the conduct of oral proceedings in the form of a videoconference is compatible with the right to oral proceedings as enshrined in Article 116(1) EPC if not all of the parties to the proceedings have given their consent to the conduct of oral proceedings in the form of a videoconference.
The written comments are available today in the publicly accessible file via the European Patent Register service.