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Litigation-Proofing and Proving your Patent Claims Training Course

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of patent claim interpretation in the USA, UK and Germany.

12 May 2021

& 19 May 2021

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Course Overview

The law and interpretation of patent claims varies widely in different jurisdictions. Therefore, understanding how patent
claims are interpreted in different regions is essential when trying to prove patent infringement and validity in order to protect an organisation’s primary assets. This course has been specifically designed for all patent professionals doing business in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment.

The programme, presented by our expert speaker faculty, will include fact-based scenarios and case examples, with comparisons of the USA, UK and German
approaches to claim construction and validity determination. The speakers will provide recommendations for both litigating patents and preparing patent applications to the best advantage.

Attending this course will provide the perfect opportunity for interaction with experts, as well as other like-minded participants. It will also provide the
perfect forum for discussing any issues of particular concern in relation to patent construction.

This intensive one-day seminar will:
  • Explain how your patent claims will be construed in Germany, UK and USA
  • Highlight the divergent methods employed in the three jurisdictions to interpret similar claim language
  • Rationalise the disparate effect of the doctrines of equivalents in the three jurisdictions
  • Compare the distinct litigation arguments and strategies that would be used in each of the three jurisdictions to construe similar claims
  • Illustrate the major claim interpretation approaches with interactive panel discussions of real-life cases

Who should attend

  • Patent professionals in private practice, including patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Heads of IP, heads of patents and in-house patent counsel at every level
  • Patent engineers and inventors
  • All whose responsibilities include the need to understand the scope of patent coverage in USA, UK and Germany


Patent claim construction generally
  • In the USA
    • Inherent ambiguities of the all-elements rule
    • Use of intrinsic and extrinsic evidence
    • Counterintuitive interpretation of functional claims
    • USPTO proceedings vs infringement litigation
  • In the UK
    • Court’s approach to the ‘normal’ interpretation of the claims …
    • … and the (wider) scope of protection under the UK doctrine of equivalents
    • Accepted principles of claim construction (Virgin Atlantic)
    • The approach taken to parameters, numerals and specific claim form
  • In Germany
    • Literal infringement and ‘functional’ interpretation
    • Can ‘functional’ interpretation result in construction ‘below’ the wording?
    • Numerals and literal infringement
Doctrines of equivalents and purposive construction
  • In the USA
    • Sub-tests for determining equivalents
    • Counterweights to ‘equivalence’
    • Vitiation
    • Unintended disavowal
    • Prosecution history estoppel and its variants
  • In the UK
    • The groundbreaking judgement in Actavis vs Lilly
    • Does a ‘variant’ vary from the invention in an immaterial way? Or achieve substantially the same result in the same way?
    • Compliance with EPC Article 69 and Protocol
    • UK court’s willingness to refer to EPO prosecution history
  • In Germany
    • The Schneidmesser questions
    • Relevance of Pemetrexed
    • Has the scope of protection become broader again?
    • Relevance of prosecution history
Arguments and strategy: how to maximise the likelihood of a finding of infringement at each phase of a patent litigations
  • Pleadings (Germany, UK, USA)
  • Disclosure (UK, USA)
  • Expert evidence (UK, USA)
  • Trial (Germany, UK, USA)
Comparative case studies
  • Presentations of real-life case studies with interactive panel discussions explaining the often dissimilar approaches that were or would be taken in the three jurisdictions for interpreting specific claims


William Cook (More...)

William Cook is Senior Counsel of Marks & Clerk Law LLP in London. He
specialises in patent litigation and has worked for 27 years on litigation, licensing, essentiality, exhaustion and IP/competition law issues, as well as FRAND.

Ulrich Blumenroeder (More...)

Ulrich Blumenröder is a partner at Grünecker PartG mbB, an IP firm in Munich which focuses equally on both IP-litigation and IP-prosecution. Ulrich is active in all fields of intellectual property but specialises primarily in patent litigation.

Bradley Hulbert (More...)

Bradley Hulbert is a founding partner in McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, an 80-lawyer patent firm based in Chicago. Bradley has been lead counsel in a wide range of successful patent lawsuits and is an adjunct professor of law at the Chicago-Kent Law School.

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12 May 2021
Live webinar
12 May 2021
Live webinar
GBP 499.00
EUR 719.00
USD 814.00
Until 31 Mar 21*
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Live webinar
19 May 2021
Face-to-face, (venue not yet confirmed)
19 May 2021
(venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 599.00
EUR 839.00
USD 934.00
Until 7 Apr 21*
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(venue not yet confirmed)
  • 1 day of classroom-based training
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

Learn more about our face-to-face and webinar training formats.

* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 5.50 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 5.50 hours

Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • Abengoa
  • Alison Gallafent Limited
  • Appleyard Lees IP LLP
  • British Telecommunications plc
  • Canon Europe Ltd
  • Chas Hude A/S
  • Clyde & Co LLP
  • Coloplast A/S
  • Constellation Law Group PLLC
  • De La Rue Holdings plc
  • EGIS Pharmaceuticals PLC
  • IBA
  • J K Gadzama & Partners
  • Johnson Matthey PLC
  • Kao Germany GmbH
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Loughborough University
  • Marks & Clerk LLP (London)
  • NLO
  • Octrooibureau Van der Lely N.V.
  • Patentanwaltskanzlei Matschnig & Forsthuber
  • Shell International BV
  • Solvay SA
  • Sony Europe Limited
  • Volkswagen AG
  • Williams Powell
  • Xaar Plc

Brilliant course and content. Clear and brilliant speakers.

Cristian Benelli, IP Manager, GEA Procomac, May 18

Excellent venue/presentation/speakers. Interactive.

Peter Ten Haaft, European and Dutch Patent Attorney, NLO, May 18


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