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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.

*INCLUDES: Practical and interactive exercises*

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Course overview

This practical and interactive course will help administrative staff in the competent preparation of an application for filing before the EPO. The programme will deepen your understanding of this highly complex area by providing information on all the key administrative aspects including the documentation required on filing, the procedural steps to be followed, and details of time limits and fee payments.

These intensive and highly valuable two days will enhance your knowledge of the formalities procedures at the EPO and enable you to be more efficient in your role. The course will also offer the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals from other companies and question our expert trainers on the procedures.

Key topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to the European patent system
  • The European patent application
  • Electronic filing
  • Procedure before the receiving section and search divisions
  • Time limits, fees
  • Loss of rights, transfer of rights
  • Examination procedure
  • Post-grant proceedings
  • Overview of PCT
  • Regional entry before the European Patent Office (EPO)

Why you should attend

By attending this seminar, you will:

  • Master the art of competently preparing an application for filing before the EPO
  • Receive guidance and insights on all the latest administrative aspects
  • Learn which documents are required on filing
  • Understand the procedural steps involved and how to complete them successfully
  • Get to grips with time limits and how they can affect your application
  • Review all aspects of fee payments

Who should attend?

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

Programme

Introduction to the European patent system

  • History and development
  • Organisation of the EPO
  • Departmental responsibilities

The European patent application

  • Documents needed on filing
  • Accordance of a date of filing
  • Formalities examination
  • Missing parts of the description and missing drawings
  • Case management

Practical excercise: Divisional application

Procedure before the receiving section and search divisions

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

Fees

  • Modes of payment
  • Reductions
  • Refunds

Practical exercise: Fee payment

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

Presenter

Richard Gillespie (More...)

Richard Gillespie, European and Irish Patent Attorney and owner of Inventorship, an intellectual property advice and services company, has over fifteen years’ experience in diverse technical fields (such as medical devices, computers, electronics, and telecoms) from his work at top tier patent practices in Dublin and London. He organises CEIPI tutorials for preparing Irish trainees to become European Patent Attorneys. He also tutors on European and Irish law relating to inventive step. 

Richard is a qualified European and Irish patent attorney and a qualified design representative before the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). He holds a degree in computer and electronic engineering from Trinity College Dublin. While there he completed a research master’s degree on the power consumption of CMOS binary multipliers, kayaked and played the guitar. During this time, he enjoyed teaching undergraduate laboratory courses in telecommunications.

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Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for 12 hours for your CPD records.
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Public course dates

We can deliver and customise this course for any number of attendees, at your location or online. But if you have fewer colleagues, this course is running publically on:

  • 14-15 Jun 2022
  • 8-9 Aug 2022
  • 17-18 Nov 2022

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  • Bayer Cropscience NV
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  • Denk IP bvba
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ericsson AB
  • Ericsson GmbH
  • Essilor of America
  • Firmenich SA
  • Galbaian S.Coop
  • Hoffmann Eitle S.R.L
  • IMEC vzw
  • Industrial Property Organisation
  • itSMS GmbH
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  • Philip Morris Products S.A.
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I wanted to deepen my knowledge regarding the formalities procedures at EPO, especially regarding non-common cases, and now I am much more confident with them. I liked the presentations of Ms Schmitz and Mr Mulder very much and the way they transmit their immense knowledge about EPO procedures. I found the course very stimulating and it made me want to acquire more and more knowledge about the procedures we apply every day in our work.

Federica Lena, Patent Assistant, Marben s.r.l., Nov 19

I found the course very well structured, the presentation was very clear and perfectly conducted by the speakers who were able to give all requested details and maintain the attention of the participants. Just brilliant! I particularly liked the practical examples and exercises.

Lisa Visentin, Patent Formalities, HOFFMANN EITLE S.R.L., Nov 18

All at a very high level and I must say that both speakers were outstanding. The hand-outs offered will help in our office and the content was comprehensive.

Adriana Fontanarosa, Patent Formalities, Hoffmann Eitle SRL, Nov 18

The best course for the subject I have attended.

Sophia Florous, Formalities Officer , Industrial Property Organisation, Nov 18

Structured, knowledgeable and easy to listen, the speakers were excellent.

Anna Eriksson, IP Coordinator, Awapatent AB, Nov 17

The speakers themselves were clear and easy to understand. They obviously had vast knowledge of patents and were enthusiastic.

Debbie Butler, Patent Administrator, Eli Lilly and Company, Nov 17

An informative and interesting seminar.

Galina Federau, RDP/Patents-Licenses, itSMS GmbH, Nov 17