How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Combined EU/US Patent Applications

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Combined EU/US Patent Applications. This seminar addresses the parallel, but substantially different, rules for drafting and prosecuting patents required by the Examiners and Appeal Boards of the EPO and USPTO.

15-16 May 2019

GBP 1,299 1,099 *
EUR 1,819 1,539 *
USD 2,026 1,714 *
* When you book before 5 Mar

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Course overview

This course addresses the parallel, but substantially different, rules for drafting and prosecuting patents required by the examiners and Boards of Appeal of the EPO and USPTO.

You will study the contrasting approaches of the EPO and USPTO and learn the experts’ techniques for drafting an application for, and responding to, rejections issued by the two offices.

Practical applications

  • You and the other delegates will be invited to correct and modify a sample application to be filed with both the EPO and USPTO
  • You will be asked to develop effective arguments for the EPO and USPTO with respect to hypothetical patent office rejections

Who should attend?

  • Patent professionals and other executives who are responsible for patent applications that are filed in and prosecuted before both the European and US Patent Offices
  • Managers overseeing and evaluating the multinational patent prosecution

Programme day one

Review of the similarities and differences in the statutory systems of the EPO and USPTO

  • Legal aspects
  • Procedures
  • Formalities

‘Best practices’ for preparing one specification to comply with the European and US requirements for:

  • Priority
  • Added subject matter/new matter
  • Industrial application/utility
  • Novelty
  • Inventive step/non-obviousness
  • Description and sufficient basis/enablement and written description
  • Claim clarity and conciseness/‘distinct claiming’
  • Limiting estoppel and implications of the AIA

EPO/US: Prosecution and appeal procedures

  • Likely timelines and statutory deadlines
    • EPO
    • Euro-PCT
    • USPTO
  • Burdens of proof
  • Use of provisional and non-provisional applications
  • Objections and rejections
  • Non-final and final Office Actions
  • Interviews
  • Patent Office appeals
  • Judicial appeals

EPO/US definitions of prior art and priority

  • EPO
    • Article 54 definitions of ‘state of the art’
  • US
    • Definitions of ‘prior art’ for anticipation and obviousness

Question and answer session

Programme day two

EPO/US: Rejections and responses

  • Inventive step (EPO) vs obviousness (USPTO)
  • EPO/US: Strategies for persuading the examiner and Board

Prosecution history estoppel in the US

  • Estoppel variants
  • Controlling the adverse impact of arguments to the USPTO
  • Effect of representations made in corresponding, non-US applications
  • Disclosure obligations after

Arguments on non-technical (EPO) and subject matter (US)

  • Article 52(2), (3) exclusions – ‘Technical’
    • Two hurdles
    • Potential technical effect T26/86 Koch & Sterzel
    • Computer program/signal claims
  • Arguments to the USPTO after Alice
    • Abstract vs structural limitations
    • USPTO ‘Examination instructions’

Worked examples

  • Delegates will be invited to analyse and modify sample applications suitable for the EPO and USPTO
  • Delegates will be asked to develop effective arguments for the EPO and USPTO with respect to a series of hypothetical office actions

Plenary session

  • Delegates and speakers will discuss the worked examples with the aim of optimising specifications acceptable to both the EPO and USPTO


Bradley Hulbert

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

David Meldrum

David Meldrum has been in private practice since 1998 and joined D Young & Co in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. David practises in a variety of engineering disciplines including computer hardware and software, electronics, optics, nanotechnology, medical devices, automotive engineering and registered designs. He is experienced in all aspects of patent procurement including drafting specifications, international filing programmes and patent prosecution, and in portfolio management and competitor monitoring. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). David’s clients include multi-national corporations and SMEs based in the UK, Europe and worldwide and he regularly presents IP lectures for clients and associates. He is a contributor to the D Young & Co Patent Newsletter.

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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15-16 May 2019
15-16 May 2019 DoubleTree by Hilton London-West End, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
Until 5 Mar
Enrol now

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Miruna Enescu, Patent Attorney, ROMINVENT

I think the content was extremely good and will be helpful going forward.

Triona Walshe, Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, James Hardie Technology Limited

Very good

Tajeshwar Singh, Patent Attorney, Protector IP Consultants AS

Very helpful. Not too much new information but confirms my thoughts on how to draft applications.

Katrin Lindberg, European Patent Attorney, Valea AB

Entertaining and inspiring

Henrik Mathiassen, Director of IP, Zealand Pharma