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Videoconference before EPO examining and opposition divisions

In an announcement on Tuesday, the EPO said it was increasing the use of videoconferencing in order to reduce the backlog of unresolved oppositions and to mitigate the spread of coronavirus to ensure the safety of staff.

The announcement stated:

  • That the postponement of in-person opposition hearings (currently until 31 December 2020) will be extended to 15 September 2021 along with extension of the VICO pilot project to the same date;
  • That the consent of all parties for holding an opposition by VICO will no longer be necessary with effect from 4 January 2021, for the duration of the pilot project.

The announcement can be read in full https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/information-epo/archive/20201110.html