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Training & Courses:
IP management

Managing intellectual property portfolios to the best advantage can be a minefield of complex processes, database searches and formalities. Many patent applications are either lost or encounter issues that could be avoided. Our training courses have been designed to specifically help you navigate the procedural issues and the practical aspects of filing at the EPO, WIPO and USPTO to ensure successful outcomes.

 

Our spring/summer 2020 programme of London-based courses has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking bookings for our Autumn events, but we are also working to deliver courses and content online. Please contact us if you are interested in an on-site or online version of any of our courses, tailored to your company's needs.

Many patent applications and patents are lost before the EPO, either before Opposition Divisions or before Appeal due to incorrect original drafting, and added subject matter is a recurrent problem. Learn advanced drafting techniques for successful EPO patent applications.

INCLUDES: Interactive workshop sessions and details of the latest case law and its implications

This two-day programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics with practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

Advanced PCT Formalities

19-20 Nov 2020

This prestigious annual ‘must-attend’ event has been designed specifically for senior patent administrators. It provides an ideal opportunity to learn about any developments that affect you and your role and make sure you are up to date on best practice and are working as efficiently as possible.

This annual update, specifically designed for senior trade mark and design administrators, includes the latest updates from WIPO with discussion on the Madrid and Hague systems and a review of the differences between US, EU and UK practice and what to do about them.

Focus on the drafting skills and legal and commercial issues to be considered when drawing up international IP agreements.

We can customise this course to meet your requirements.

Focus on the drafting skills and legal and commercial issues to be considered when drawing up international IP agreements.

Clarity in drafting patent applications has always been a serious issue. The purpose of the seminar is to teach delegates the essentials of clarity, and the most effective use of the problem-solution approach, giving delegates an edge over other parties.

INCLUDES: Interactive workshop sessions and details of the latest case law and its implications

Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications

5 Nov 2020

Also on: 17 Jun 2021

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

Formal Requirements of the European Patent System

26-27 Nov 2020

Also on: 24 Jun 2021

Get to grips with the fundamentals of FTO searching, understand the scope of a search and analyse the types of rights you will encounter.

Freedom-to-Operate Searching

8 Oct 2020

Also on: 25 Feb 2021

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.

This intensive one-day course will give you many insights into the best practice of organising and conducting an efficient and thorough IP due diligence project.

IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate in Practice

3 Dec 2020

Also on: 17 Jun 2021

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of patent claim interpretation in the USA, UK and Germany.

An intensive update on patent protection for software-related inventions covering all the major developments in European patent law in particular GUI inventions and ‘mixed’ inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject matter.

A comprehensive and practical two-day seminar covering the key aspects of patentability and state-of-the-art searching.

Patentability and State-of-the-Art Searching

6-7 Oct 2020

Also on: 23 Feb 2021

A step-by-step practical guide to strategic IP planning

Strategic IP Planning

22-24 Sep 2020

Also on: 16 Mar 2021

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

The Art of European Claim Drafting

12-13 Nov 2020

Also on: 20 May 2021

This course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the role of the patent administrator

The Patent Administrator

24 Nov 2020

Also on: 9 Jun 2021

What all European patent attorneys need to know

An intensive and highly interactive two-day seminar including discussions on US patent law and strategies and tactics for patent prosecution at the US Patent Office

US Patent Practice

3-4 Dec 2020

Also on: 10 Jun 2021

Stephen Adams was excellent. He has experience in the field, was easy to follow and gave a good answer to difficult questions.

Shire Elmi, Examiner, Patentstyret

Very thorough and well presented.

Elisabetta Mauri, Director of Intellectual Property, Dompé Farmaceutici SPA

Excellent! Very good and helpful overview of US patent law with a focus on the differences to European law. I particularly liked the very interactive discussions.

Hendrik Freudenberger, IP Legal Advisor, Sasol Chemie GmbH & Co. KG

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 to Dott.Enrico Eterno, Hoffmann Eitle

I thought JoAnna was very knowledgeable and approachable and was able to answer a lot of questions. I thought overall it was a great and meaningful learning experience.

Nicole Kemp, Secretary, Hoffmann Eitle

JoAnna was very clear and very knowledgeable.

Jane Parkinson, Global Patent Co ordinator , Unilever PLC (UK Office)

I learned many new things that will be of help to effectively perform searches for my clients. Highly recommended to anyone who's either new to the field or been around for a while already.

Siim Kinnas, Intellectual Property Advisor, Enterprise Estonia

Excellent teachers!

Pilar Navarro, Patent Adviser, CHEMO Laboratorios Liconsa SA

The course gives European practitioners a good overview of the peculiarities of US patent law and the ways in which US practice sometimes differs from our own. The presentation was lively and the speakers provided plenty of background from their own experience.

Erik Bartelds, patent attorney, Arnold + Siedsma

JoAnna was very engaging and we felt at ease when asking questions.

Chinyere Lindsey, Contracts & Patents Associate, Cancer Research UK