European Patent Practice -The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Date: November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online 


Presenters:   Pia Bjork, European Patent Office (EPO)
Joanna Thurston, Withers & Rogers LLP

Who Should Attend

This is an intermediate seminar for non-European knowledge transfer practitioners who have an interest in how they can improve their experience of prosecution before the European Patent Office through a greater understanding. Alternatively, for European practitioners this subject matter could be of interest to anyone who is newly practicing in this field.

Registration Now Open 

The course will cover the "quirks" of European patent practice, and how it fits into the global picture through discussion between a senior member of a European Patent Office Examination Division and a partner in a leading UK patent firm. The speakers will discuss patentability requirements, common formal issues and the provisions for third parties and will include both current practice and changes expected in the near future.

Attendees Will Learn...

  • A pre-filing practice which allows the preparation of patent applications which are more robust to European patent prosecution
  • The differences between European and, in particular, US patent practice
  • The methods available to take a European application to grant quickly
  • The key considerations in European practice, including the problem-solution approach to inventive step, clarity, added subject matter, common formalities objections and provisions for third party monitoring and interference with patent applications
  • Upcoming changes in practice, in particular the Unitary Patent
  • Drafting a specification with Europe in mind
  • Post-filing research, and supplementary data

Registration Fees

AUTM Member $150
Non-Member $190

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Did You Know…

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