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EPO Oppositions and Appeals - the Case Law and Workshop

New for 2020!
Drawing on case law and the experience of the faculty, this seminar considers the present workings of the opposition and appeal procedures at the European Patent Office. It provides an in-depth summary of both background and recent developments at the EPO and explains how these will impact on your day-to-day practice. It will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate this highly technical area.

1-2 Oct 2020

& 22-23 Mar 2021 , 15-16 Sep 2021

GBP 1,299
EUR 1,819
USD 2,026

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Course overview

Drawing on case law and the experience of the expert speakers, this seminar considers the present complex workings of the opposition and appeal procedures at the European Patent Office (EPO). It provides an in-depth summary of both background and recent developments at the EPO, including the new Rules of Procedure that entered into force on 1 January 2020, and explains how these will impact on your day-to-day practice. It will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate this highly technical area and adapt to the recent changes.

The second day of the seminar will be an opposition workshop, culminating in mock oral proceedings in which attendees can participate to gain practical experience in a safe environment. This session will also offer vital tips and feedback on written and oral presentation before the Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal.

You will also have ample opportunity to discuss your particular questions with our expert trainers who will be able to give you insights from both a patent lawyer’s and the EPO’s perspective.

Key topics to be covered:
  • Introduction to oppositions
  • Filing and admissibility of oppositions
  • Substantive examination of oppositions
  • Evidence
  • Introduction to appeals
  • Filing, admissibility and examination of appeals
  • Petitions for review
  • Oppositions and appeal case law
  • Revised Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal – January 2020
  • Oral proceedings including a mock hearing

Who should attend

  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • In-house patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Trainee patent attorneys
  • IP managers and advisers
  • Patent managers and specialists
  • All those working or training in intellectual property

Those already familiar with the field will also find this seminar valuable for updating their knowledge.

Programme

Introduction to oppositions

  • Parties, representation, languages, composition of opposition divisions

Filing and admissibility of oppositions

  • Time limits, notices of opposition, admissibility, sufficient / insufficient substantiation, transfer of oppositions

Substantive examination of oppositions

  • Extent and grounds of opposition, late submissions, communications, amendments, effect of withdrawal of oppositions

Introduction to appeals

  • The Boards of Appeal and Enlarged Board, nature of appeals, parties to appeals, the rule against reformation in peius

Filing, admissibility and examination of appeals

  • Time limits, written submissions, rules of procedure, new grounds of opposition, evidence and requests on appeal

Admissible evidence, written and oral evidence, evaluation of evidence, standard of proof, burden of proof

Petitions for review

  • Grounds for petitions to the Enlarged Board for review of appeal decisions, review procedure, emerging case law

Oral proceedings

  • Requests for and summons to oral proceedings, procedure

Presenters

Leythem Wall (1-2 Oct 2020, 22-23 Mar 2021, 15-16 Sep 2021)

Leythem Wall is a partner in The Hague office of European IP specialist firm HGF. He is a European and UK patent attorney with extensive experience in patent drafting, prosecution and oppositions before the European Patent Office. Having worked in private practice and industry for European and US companies, he also has significant knowledge of the US patent system, and how this compares with Europe.

Theodora Karamanli (1-2 Oct 2020)

Theodora Karamanli is a legally qualified member of the Boards of Appeal and of the Disciplinary Board of Appeal. She started her career as a lawyer at the EPO in Munich in 1989. Before being appointed as a member of the Boards of Appeal in 2006, she built up over 10 years of expertise as a legally qualified member in various opposition divisions. Additionally, she was a member of the Disciplinary Board of the EPO as well as of the Examination Committee for the European qualifying examination (Paper D – legal paper). She regularly gives talks and presentations on the EPO opposition and appeal procedures. She is also involved in the training of new members of the Boards of Appeal.

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

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1-2 Oct 2020
1-2 Oct 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
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22-23 Mar 2021
22-23 Mar 2021 Venue not yet confirmed
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15-16 Sep 2021
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