T1142/12 It's up to the management !

This decision deals with a request to have Oral Proceedings in Munich rather than in the Hague. The decision is an interesting read, but in the end the Board comes to the following (unsurprising) conclusion:

Catchword:

The question of the venue of oral proceedings is a matter of organisational nature which belongs to the management of the Office pursuant to Art.10 (2) EPC.

When not acceding to a request for holding oral proceedings in Munich instead of The Hague, the Examining Division does not take a decision but only expresses the way the EPO is managed. 

Consequently, that issue is not subject to appeal, nor can the Board refer a question on the venue of oral proceedings to the Enlarged Board of Appeal.

 

Read the full decision here.

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