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Maintenance/change of date/cancellation of oral proceedings in examination proceedings

Maintenance/change of date/cancellation of oral proceedings in examination proceedings

Parties are summoned to oral proceedings by the examining division in accordance with Article 116 EPC. The summons is pending for as long as the division considers necessary.

Oral proceedings will always take place as scheduled unless the party or parties are otherwise informed.

Thus, as from the beginning of April 2016, applicants will be informed of a change of date or cancellation of oral proceedings only in cases where the amendments filed in preparation for the oral proceedings are considered to meet the requirements of the EPC or where, after a minuted telephone conversation with the applicant, an agreement has been reached on the allowability of the amendments.