The Art of European Claim Drafting

This seminar combines one day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops.

23-24 May 2019

& 7-8 Nov 2019

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

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Course overview

This seminar combines one day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops. Attendees have the choice of either a mechanical or chemical workshop.

Attendees will benefit from bringing a copy of the European Patent Convention with them.

The original dates of this course have now changed – the correct dates are displayed on the brochure download and webpage

Why you should attend

  • Gain a good understanding of the principles of the drafting process
  • Develop your drafting skills and understand the fundamentals of European claim drafting
  • Successfully prepare and defend claims according to European practice
  • Achieve adequate protection while meeting official requirements
  • Benefit from practical workshop exercises, led by two highly experienced trainers

Who should attend

  • Trainee patent attorneys – preparing short or long term to qualify
  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • Corporate patent attorneys and lawyers
  • People working or training in intellectual property

Programme day one

Led by Joeri Beetz and Leytham Wall

Know the invention

  • Know the client
  • Understand the invention
  • Novelty
  • The invention and the prior art
  • Inventive step

Claim drafting fundamentals

  • Clarity
  • Claim scope
  • Dos and don’ts

The importance of a good description

  • Structure of the description
  • Amendments and clarity
  • Sufficiency of disclosure


  • Legal background
  • In the priority year
  • After filing
  • Limitation
  • Opposition
  • Inescapable trap

Claim interpretation

  • Art. 69 EPC
  • Before and after grant
  • EP v US

International considerations

  • US
  • PCT
  • Asia
  • Drafting a global application
  • PCT applications and priority pitfalls

Programme day two CHEMICAL WORKSHOP


Led by Leythem Wall


  • Warm-up exercises
  • Chemical claim types

Further considerations for chemical drafting

  • Exclusion from patentability
  • Exceptions to patentability
  • Parameters
  • Selection inventions
  • Disclaimers
  • Inventive step v sufficiency
  • Sufficiency v clarity
  • Drafting to allow for future amendments

Claim drafting exercise

  • Invention description
  • Essential features
  • Optional features
  • Examples
  • Technical effects
  • Prior art
  • Drafting independent claims
  • Drafting dependent claims
  • Drafting the description



Led by Joeri Beetz

Preparation phase

  • Closest prior art selection
  • Novel and inventive features
  • Claim categories, technical fields

Claim sketching

  • Requirements of a patent
  • Novelty
  • Inventive step
  • Clarity
  • Essential features

Claim drafting

  • Functional claiming
  • Mere juxtaposition of features
  • One- and two-part claims
  • Scope of protection. How broad?

Dependent claims

  • Claim trees
  • Claim dependencies

Drafting the description

  • Support inventive step
  • Create fall-back positions


  • The problem-solution approach
  • Closest prior art selection
  • Claim categories
  • Novelty and inventive features


Joeri Beetz

Joeri Beetz is a Dutch and European Patent Attorney working in the London office of the international IP firm Keltie LLP. He has many years of experience in drafting, amending and opposing patent applications in both private practice and industry. Joeri is also an experienced tutor for the EQE exam.

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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23-24 May 2019
23-24 May 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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7-8 Nov 2019
7-8 Nov 2019 Cavendish Hotel, London GBP 1,299.00
EUR 1,819.00
USD 2,026.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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  • Autoneum Management AS
  • Chas.Hude
  • DSTL
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Haldor Topsoe A/S
  • Helm AG
  • Huntsman (Europe) BVBA
  • Høiberg
  • Leogriff
  • Leogriff AS
  • Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (NLO)
  • Nestlé
  • NLO
  • NLO - Nederlandsch Octrooibureau
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Onsagers AS
  • Patentgruppen A/S
  • Patpol
  • Pharmathen SA
  • Research and Markets
  • Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner
  • Shelston
  • Sonn & Partner Patentanwälte
  • Strom & Gulliksson
  • Ström & Gulliksson AB
  • TEVA Runcorn
  • Valea AB
  • VO Patents and Trademarks
  • Yara International ASA

Excellent course

Elen Margrethe Brendeford, Patent Attorney, Zacco Norway AS

Well planned, nice overview. Nice to have only two speakers.

Eline Van Kappel, Trainee Patent Attorney, VO Patents and Trademarks

A great content/course with competent speakers

Niels Peder Moeller, Patent Attorney, Chas. Hude A/S


Andreas Dietzel, IP Manager, Leogriff

I enjoyed the course and felt encouraged and valued in having decided to train as a Patent Attorney. I was given good suggestions and tips on how to approach the EQE exam and, eventually, be successful at it.

Marie Lacombe, Junior Patent Attorney, Yara International ASA

Extremely well disposed and well prepared setup.

Filip Skarp, Patent Consultant, Ström & Gulliksson AB


Andreas Dietzel, IP Manager, Leogriff

Kept attendees always active - perfect training

Agnieszka Zebrowska - Kucharzyk, , PATPOL

Course was well organised and the content and speakers were good

Heikki Salomaki, , Salomaki

Very educational

Erika Ermens, Trainee Patent Attorney, Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (NLO)

It was very good overall, very useful in focusing the mins on the important aspects to consider when drafting a European patent application.

James Riley, Patent Engineer, TEVA Runcorn

I thought it was very good. The content was good and went at a decent pace.

James Riley, Patent Engineer, TEVA Runcorn