Where the European Patent Office considers it necessary to hear a party, witness or expert, or to carry out an inspection, it shall take a decision to this end, setting out the investigation which it intends to carry out, relevant facts to be proved and the date, time and place of the investigation and whether it will be conducted by videoconference. If the hearing of a witness or expert is requested by a party, the decision shall specify the period within which the requester must make known the name and address of any witness or expert concerned.
Amended by decision of the Administrative Council CA/D 12/20 20 of 15.12.2020 (OJ EPO 2020, A132), which entered into force on 01.01.2021.
Date retrieved: 17 May 2021
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EPC Implementing Rules
EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination
EPO Guidelines - D Opposition and Limitation/Revocation Procedures
XGL D IV 1.2.2 Deficiencies which, if not remedied, lead to the opposition being rejected as inadmissible
EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2021, A1 - Report on the 164th and 165th meetings of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (13 October and 15 and 16 December 2020 respectively)
XOJ EPO 2020, A135 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 17 December 2020 concerning the taking of evidence by videoconference by examining and opposition divisions
XOJ EPO 2020, A132 - Decision of the Administrative Council of 15 December 2020 amending Rules 117 and 118 of the Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention ( CA/D 12/20 )
XOJ EPO 2020, A41 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 14 April 2020 concerning the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions