The EPO has been conducting a pilot project since 4 May 2020 for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions (see the relevant decision, notice
and the decision concerning the
extension and modification of the pilot project).
Under the terms of the project, oral
proceedings before opposition divisions are held by videoconference via Zoom. The oral proceedings held by videoconference
apply for multiparty hearings including with/without interpretation and
with/without taking evidence.
This training module, produced by the EPO in
co-operation with the epi, starts with an introduction to the legal background
requirements for such online proceedings and then shows a
recording of mock oral proceedings held by videoconference. The mock proceedings were conducted by a real EPO opposition division
with experienced European patent attorneys including interpretation in the EPO official languages.
In the recording, you will see how formalities are completed in oral
proceedings held by videoconference via Zoom. For instance, you will learn how to:
- start a videoconference with distributed participation
- check the identity of the persons involved
- facilitate participation by members of the public
- open proceedings
- accept submissions by email
- interrupt and resume proceedings, e.g. for deliberation in non-public breakout rooms by
- announce decisions and close proceedings.
Heli Pihlajamaa, Britta Kley, Nataša Doslik, Theodora Butkowskyj-Walkiw, Hervé
Chabus and Frédéric Bockstahl
Beth Marshall, Catherine
Menes and Christoph B. Gyaja