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No hybrid hearing format before the Boards of Appeal

Participation of an accompanying person in physically conducted oral proceedings by means of video conferencing software installed on the representative's laptop is not allowed. Currently, hearings before the Board of Appeal are not held in a hybrid format where parties participate in the hearing partly physically and partly via video conferencing software (EPO Board of Appeal 12/10/2020, T 492/18).