Formal Requirements of the European Patent System

A two-day seminar for Administrative Staff in the Patent Profession on how to competently prepare an application for filing before the EPO

28-29 Nov 2019

& 18-19 Jun 2020 , 26-27 Nov 2020

GBP 999
EUR 1,399
USD 1,588

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About this seminar

This two-day seminar for Administrative Staff in the Patent Profession on how to competently prepare an application for filing before the EPO. Providing an introduction to the European patent system and how to proceed with an European patent application an much more.

Who should attend

  • Administrative and patent formalities staff
  • Office managers in industrial patent departments
  • Administrators in private practice
  • Those needing a good understanding of the formal requirements of the European Patent system

Programme - Day one

Introduction to the European patent system

  • History and development
  • Organisation of the European Patent Office*
  • Departmental responsibilities

The European patent application

  • Documents needed on filing
  • Accordance of a date of filing

The European patent application….continued

  • Formalities examination
  • Missing parts of the descriptionvand missing drawings
  • Case management

Practical excercise: Divisional application

Introduction to electronic filing

  • Case management system
  • Web-form filing

Procedure before the receiving section and search divisions

  • Search report and search opinion
  • Response to the search opinion
  • Publication of the application


  • Modes of payment
  • Reductions
  • Refunds

Practical exercise: Divisional application

Programme - Day two

Time limits – notification

  • Calculation
  • Extensions
  • Notification

Loss of rights – remedies

  • Further processing
  • Re-establishment of rights
  • Transfer of rights

Practical exercise: Time limits

Substantive examination – examining division

  • Formal procedures up to grant of the European patent
  • Refusal of the application
  • Withdrawal of the application
  • Deemed to be withdrawn
  • Accelerated examination

Post-grant proceedings

  • Opposition
  • Limitation
  • Appeal

Overview of PCT

  • Overview of the international phase
  • Entry in the regional phase

Regional entry before the EPO as designated office

  • EPO Form 1200
  • Payment of fees
  • Supplementary European search
  • Substantive examination


Cees Mulder

Dr Cees Mulder is a European patent attorney. From 2001-09 he was a founding partner of DeltaPatents (NL). Since 2009, he has been lecturing European Patent Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maastricht, where he teaches in the post-doc curriculum ‘Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management’. In 2017, he was appointed professor of European Patent Law in a Global Context. In addition, Dr Mulder is a senior lecturer in many courses and seminars on industrial property law. He is the author of the book ‘The Cross-Referenced Patent Cooperation Treaty’ and co-author of the book ‘Proceedings before the European Patent Office – A Practical Guide to Success in Opposition and Appeal’.

Petra Schmitz

Petra Schmitz, European Patent Office, Munich. After studying law at university she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Private Law and Patent Law at the Technical University Munich. In 1989 she started work in the EPO as a lawyer in Directorate Patent Law. Since October 2005 she has been a legally qualified member of the Boards of Appeal. She is also a member of the Presidium of the Boards of Appeal. Petra is acting as CEIPI tutor at the University of Strasbourg for the preparation of Part D of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). She is a co-author in the EPC commentary Singer/Stauder.

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 5.50 hours

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28-29 Nov 2019
28-29 Nov 2019 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 999.00
EUR 1,399.00
USD 1,588.00
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26-27 Nov 2020
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