IPcopy understands that the EPO’s pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions is to receive an upgrade from 14th September 2020 to allow multi party hearings and interpreters.
From 14th September and until at least the end of 2020 oppositions with a single opponent with no interpreters will be conducted under the Skype for Business platform. Oppositions with multiple opponents and/or interpreters will be conducted on the Zoom platform.
Regardless of the video conference platform used, the Chairperson will explain the video conference platform to participants before officially opening the oral proceedings.
As far as the use of Zoom is concerned we understand that more information will be published by the EPO in September including a mock hearing recording that will show how Zoom works with interpreters and two opponents.
Mark Richardson 17 August 2020