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As reported here, a referral has been made to the Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning the legality of holding oral proceedings by video conference without the consent of the parties. The case is now proceeding before the Enlarged Board of Appeal as G1/21, and a hearing has been scheduled to take place on 28 May 2021 by video conference. The parties and the President of the EPO have been invited to file observations by 27 April 2021.
We will continue to report on further developments.