The European Patent Office (EPO) has decided that in view of the COVID-19 crisis, all opposition oral proceedings until 14 September 2020 will be postponed until further notice; unless they have already been confirmed to be taking place by videoconference. 

The pilot for oral proeedings by videoconference requires there be no taking of evidence and agreement/consent of all parties involved in the opposition proceedings. Although we suspect agreement of all parties to be relatively rare, we support the EPO's initiative to conduct such proceedings using videoconferencing facilities.