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【特許・意匠ニュース】 欧州特許庁、口頭審理の証拠調べにビデオ会議形式を適用可能とする規則改正を発表


EPOでは、審査・異議・審判手続の口頭審理を原則としてビデオ会議形式(VICO: videoconference)で実施していますが、この度の規則改正によって、審査部及び異議部が管轄する口頭審理における証拠調べにVICOを適用できることが明確化されました。EPOの発表によれば、口頭審理をVICOで実施する場合、証拠調べもVICOで実施されるようになります。一方で、口頭審理を対面形式で実施する場合であっても、条件を満たすことにより、証拠調べをVICOで実施することができます。





Rule 117
Where the European Patent Office considers it necessary to hear a party, witness or expert, or to carry out an inspection, it shall take a decision to this end, setting out the investigation which it intends to carry out, relevant facts to be proved, the date, time and place of the investigation and whether it will be conducted by videoconference. If the hearing of a witness or expert is requested by a party, the decision shall specify the period within which the requester must make known the name and address of any witness or expert concerned.

Rule 118(2)
At least two months’ notice of a summons issued to a party, witness or expert to testify shall be given, unless they agree to a shorter period. The summons shall contain:
(a) an extract from the decision under Rule 117, indicating the date, time and place of the investigation ordered, specifying whether it will be conducted by videoconference and stating the facts in respect of which parties, witnesses or experts are to be heard;
(b) the names of the parties and particulars of the rights which the witnesses or experts may invoke under Rule 122, paragraphs 2 to 4;
(c) an indication that a party, witness or expert who has been summoned to appear before the European Patent Office on its premises may, at his request, be heard by videoconference;
(d) an indication that the party, witness or expert may request to be heard by a competent court of his country of residence under Rule 120, and an invitation to inform the European Patent Office, within a period to be specified, whether he is prepared to appear before it.

EPO規則改定の決定(OJ EPO 2020、A132):



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