User consultation regarding the implementation of Art. 15a of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal 2020

Article 15a of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal entered into force on 1 April 2020. During the enactment process of this provision, the Boards of Appeal Committee ("BOAC") expressed its intention to evaluate the experience gained from the use of videoconferencing in oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal. To enable this evaluation, a user consultation is now conducted.

The BOAC and the President of the Boards of Appeal invite users to take part in the consultation regarding the technical implementation of oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal.

You are kindly invited to answer the questions below.

This online consultation will remain open until 12.00 hrs CET on 31 March 2023. Thank you very much for your participation.

Jorma Hanski                                                                                      Carl Josefsson

Chairperson of the BOAC                                                                President of the Boards of Appeal




Overall user experience with oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal

1. Have you ever attended oral proceedings held by VICO before the Boards of Appeal as a party, representative or accompanying person?

2. Based on the oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal you last attended, how would you rate the overall experience?

2.a How would you rate the efficiency of oral proceedings held by VICO before the Boards of Appeal?
inefficient
very efficient
2.b After attending oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal, how did your overall experience affect any previous opinion you might have had on the use of VICOs for oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal?

Oral proceedings information published on www.epo.org


3. Have you ever consulted the page "Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal" ?

4. Is the information published on that page sufficiently helpful?

4.1 General information
inadequate
very comprehensive
4.2 Technical guidelines
inadequate
very comprehensive
4.3 Technical support
inadequate
very comprehensive

Communication prior to oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal



Implementation and communication during oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal


7. How would you rate the implementation of oral proceedings by VICO?
Not acceptable
Excellent
8. How would you rate the quality of communication with the Board and/or other participants during oral proceedings by VICO?
Not acceptable
Excellent

a. Collaboration tools during oral proceedings by VICO before the BoA


9. How would you rate the usefulness of Microsoft Whiteboard?
Not acceptable
Excellent
Skip the question if not applicable
10. How easy was it for you to submit additional documents / evidence?
Not acceptable
Excellent
Skip the question if not applicable

b. Technical implementation of oral proceedings by VICO before the Boards of Appeal


11. How would you rate the audio quality?
Not acceptable
Excellent
12. How would you rate the video quality?
Not acceptable
Excellent
13. How would you rate the quality of interpretation services?
Not acceptable
Excellent
Skip the question if not applicable