(1) The parties shall be summoned to oral proceedings under Article 116, drawing their attention to paragraph 2 of this Rule. At least two months' notice of the summons shall be given, unless the parties agree to a shorter period.
(2)136 If a party duly summoned to oral proceedings before the European Patent Office does not appear as summoned, the proceedings may continue without that party.
135See decision/opinion of the Enlarged Board of Appeal G 6/95, G 4/92 (Annex I).
136See notice from the EPO of 10.11. 2020 concerning non-attendance at oral proceedings in the examination procedure (OJ EPO 2020, A124).