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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.

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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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This course can be customised to meet your requirements, and delivered to your colleagues at your location or online. For more information, call us on +44 (0)20 7749 4730, email us at inhouse@management-forum.co.uk or contact us below:

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Public course dates

We can deliver and customise this course for any number of attendees, at your location or online. But if you have fewer colleagues, this course is running publically on:

  • 12 May 2021
  • 19 May 2021

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  • Alison Gallafent Limited
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  • Canon Europe Ltd
  • Chas Hude A/S
  • Clyde & Co LLP
  • Datalogic IP Tech Srl
  • EGIS Pharmaceuticals PLC
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Infineum UK Ltd
  • Institut Straumann
  • Kolster Oy Ab
  • Loughborough University
  • Metayage IP Strategy Consulting LLP
  • NLO
  • NXP Semiconductors
  • Octrooibureau Van der Lely N.V.
  • Patentanwaltskanzlei Matschnig & Forsthuber
  • Pfizer Limited
  • Renishaw plc
  • Rolls-Royce PLC
  • SEB Developpement
  • Shell International BV
  • Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.
  • Solvay SA
  • Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd.
  • Syngenta
  • ZBM Patents S.L.

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


Joe Gaal, Senior Patent Attorney, Syngenta Ltd, May 17