OP in VICO for OPPO: GO! The agreement of the parties will no longer be required to close the opposition to a European patent by a videoconference hearing.
The recent decision of November 10, 2020 of the President of the European Patent Office (EPO), takes into account the health constraints imposed by the coronavirus over time, at the moment of the rise of its second European wave.
In practical terms, this decision implies that for any oral proceedings in opposition scheduled from January 4, 2020 to September 15, 2021, it will be conducted by videoconference without seeking the agreement of the parties.
This decision thus systematizes the holding of oral proceedings in opposition by videoconference.