EPO Oppositions and Appeals - the Case Law and Workshop

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.

3-4 Mar 2020

& 23-24 Sep 2020

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

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Course overview

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 and appeal strategy
  • Oral proceedings including a mock hearing

Why you should attend

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.

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

Who should attend

  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • In-house patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Trainee patent attorneys
  • IP managers and advisors
  • Patent managers and specialists
  • People working or training in intellectual property
  • Those already familiar with the field will 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

Presenter

Leythem Wall

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.

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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3-4 Mar 2020
3-4 Mar 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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23-24 Sep 2020
23-24 Sep 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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Previous customers include...

  • Agfa Gevaert NV
  • AstraZeneca
  • AstraZeneca AB
  • AstraZeneca UK Ltd
  • Bristows
  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA
  • Cohausz & Florack
  • DSM IP Assets B.V.
  • Element Six Ltd
  • Hansson Thyresson Patentbyra AB
  • Hoffmann Eitle
  • Industrie de Nora SpA
  • Innovia Films
  • JETRO Dusseldorf
  • Kao Germany GmbH
  • Kolster OY AB
  • Mundipharma Research Ltd
  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe
  • NLO
  • Patentanwalt Dr Andreas Weiser
  • Procter & Gamble Services NV/SA
  • Procter & Gamble Technical Centres Ltd
  • Protector IP Consultants AS
  • Royal KPN N.V.
  • Sanofi
  • Smith & Nephew UK Ltd
  • Sofics BVBA
  • Vectura Group plc
  • Wageningen UR
  • Withers & Rogers LLP