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Breaking news: Accelerated Processing for G1/21 Enlarged Board Referral – Oral Proceedings in May 2021


18th Mar 2021

The EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal has appointed oral proceedings to be held (by video conference) on 28 May 2021. The Enlarged Board will consider the legality of oral proceedings by video conference if not all parties agree to it. This is in response to oral proceedings we attended in February, where a Technical Board of Appeal decided to make a referral to the Enlarged Board on this topic.

The appointment of oral proceedings in May is unusually fast compared with previous appeals to the Enlarged Board. This will come as a relief to many parties who face postponement of final decisions on their appeal cases.

This article is for general information only. Its content is not a statement of the law on any subject and does not constitute advice. Please contact Reddie & Grose LLP for advice before taking any action in reliance on it.

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