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Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications

Management Forum
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1 day
699 GBP excl. VAT
English
Open / Scheduled
Next available date: 11/06/2020 - London
Course Dates
London
11/06/2020   (English)
699 GBP
05/11/2020   (English)
699 GBP

Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications

Why You Should Attend

Clarity in drafting patent claims has always been a serious issue: clarity is required to distinguish the subject matter of a claim from prior art, and an unclear claim can be interpreted to the disadvantage of the applicant or proprietor. This is not just a formal matter, but a substantial issue of first importance.

The ‘problem-solution’ approach is not officially part of the EPC, but is a criterion which has been developed by case law. It is
now hard to find a decision of the Boards of Appeal which does not rely on the problemsolution approach in order to decide upon inventive step. It looks easy, but when applied, it should be applied correctly.

The purpose of this seminar is to teach delegates the essentials of clarity and the most effective use of the problem-solution approach, giving them an edge over other parties.

Key topics covered:
  • Article 84 – the implications of clarity of claims
  • Effective use of the problem-solution approach
  • Article 56 – understanding inventive step

Book both and SAVE

This meeting runs back-to-back with Advanced Drafting Techniques for Successful EPO Patent Applications and there is a £100/€140 discount off this programme when booked with Advanced Drafting Techniques.

To register on both events click HERE

To find out more call Customer Services on +44 (0)20 7749 4730 or e-mail info@management-forum.co.uk

Who Should Attend?

  • European patent attorneys
  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • Corporate patent attorneys and lawyers
  • People working or training in intellectual property
  • US attorneys working in Europe
  • Trainee patent attorneys
  • EQE candidates

Those already familiar with the field will find these seminars valuable for updating their knowledge on the latest case law and its implications.

Course Programme

Understanding the implications of clarity of claims – Article 84

  • Definition of clarity – Art 84
  • Categories and types of claims
  • Practical definition of clarity – clear means
  • Conciseness and support by description
  • Form and content of claims
  • Clarity vs. novelty
  • Structural vs. functional features
  • Comprising vs. consisting
  • The interplay between Art 83, 84 and 56
  • Relative terms
  • Inventions defined by parameters
  • Definition by result to be achieved
  • Sources of difficulties with Article 84 – illustrating case law
  • Clarity of claims in opposition procedure
  • Application of G 3/14 to amended claims
  • Adaptation of the description

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Exercises to exemplify the concepts learnt

Inventive step and how to master the problem-solution approach – Article 56

  • Legal definition
  • State of the art
  • Obvious
  • Problem-solution approach – identifying the nearest/closest prior art
  • Formulating the objective technical problem
  • Does the claimed subject matter solve the objective problem?
  • Partial problems
  • Aggregation/juxtaposition
  • Mix of technical and non-technical features
  • Deciding on inventive step and positive pointers

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Exercises to exemplify the concepts learnt

Latest case law and its implications for defending your EPO patent applications

  • Notable decisions on inventive step

Provider: Management Forum

Management Forum

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