Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3JB
This course will cover the main aspects of procedural and substantive patent law as evolved by the decisions of the European Patent Office (EPO) Boards of Appeal. Tutors with first-hand experience of EPO proceedings will provide insights into the case law on EPO examination, oppositions and appeals and on patentability issues including novelty, inventive step, industrial application, amendment, exclusions and exceptions. As well as the established case law, particular attention will be given to recent decisions.
The tutors are Christopher Rennie-Smith, a former Board of Appeal chairman and Enlarged Board member, and Jeremy Smith, a European patent attorney and Associate at Kilburn & Strode with considerable EPO experience. Between them, the tutors are able to provide insights from both sides of the fence at the EPO, giving a detailed picture of how the case law is used. The possible impact of the proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal will also be considered.
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