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Enlarged Board of Appeals of the European Patent Office strengthens the use of videoconferencing

The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office issues the reasons for its decision G 1/21 (Oral proceedings by videoconference) of 16 July 2021, 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.

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