Outbreak of Covid-19

EPO hearings still affected

Update 4th August 2020

Operations at the EPO continue to be affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

With regard to upcoming oral proceedings, the EPO has informed as follows:

  • Oral proceedings before Examining Divisions are being held by videoconferencing.
  • All oral proceedings in opposition scheduled until 31 December 2020 are postponed, except in cases where oral proceedings will be held by videoconference.
  • The Boards of Appeal have announced that oral proceedings are taking place as scheduled. Some oral proceedings may be held in the EPO’s Isar building in Munich instead of in the premises of the Boards of Apeal in Haar. Some oral proceedings which have already been scheduled to take place in Haar will be moved to Munich. Additionally, the starting times of oral proceedings may be staggered (9.00, 9.30, 10.00 hrs, etc.).
  • For further information, please visit https://www.epo.org/news-events/covid-19.html