How to Successfully Conduct Oral Proceedings at the EPO

Oral proceedings are appointed in the majority of appeal cases, and in many opposition and examination cases, and so a European patent attorney will almost certainly at some point have to attend oral proceedings, either to defend a client’s invention or to attack a patent held by a competitor. To defend your client’s interests correctly and competently it is vital to know what to expect at this European level and to be property prepared for it.

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Oral proceedings are appointed in the majority of appeal cases, and in many opposition and examination cases, and so a European patent attorney will almost certainly at some point have to attend oral proceedings either to defend a client’s invention or to attach a patent held by a competitor. To defend your client’s interests correctly and competently it is vital to know what to expect at this European level and to be properly prepared for it.

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Sample programme

Teaching sessions will be followed practical workshops including role play and simulated hearings

When and where oral proceedings can occur

Preparing for oral proceedings open

When and where oral proceedings can occur

During the oral proceedings

  • Opening phase
  • Main phase
  • Closing phase

After the oral proceedings

  • The minutes
  • The written decision
  • Continuing in writing
  • Appeal

Recommended Trainer

Dr.George Woods

Dr. George Woods was formerly a Director in the European Patent Office in Munich, in the Principal Directorate Electricity/Physics.
He joined the European Patent Office in 1980 as an examiner after periods in research, oil exploration and the UK Patent Office.
He was appointed Director in 1987 and from 1990 until 1997 was a Director of Training and Recruitment in the then Directorate General 2. During this time the training system for examiners and support staff was modernised and the advanced programme ChOral (CHairing ORAL proceedings) was developed for examiners and directors who chair oral proceedings in oppositions.