CPE SeminarsThe CPE seminars are organised by the epi in the framework of the current project of Continuing Professional Education (CPE), in collaboration with the European Patent Academy of the EPO, and WIPO.
3-4 June 2013, "Seminar on European Procedure Claim drafting – Board of Appeal decisions – Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court", Istanbul
In June 2012 the European Patent Office issued a completely revised version of the Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office: three new parts have been added as compared to the 2010 Guidelines; in addition, much of the content of the EPO’s Internal Instructions have been included in the new edition (total 782 pages). For instance, Parts C and D no longer relate to aspects of substantive law, but rather are confined to procedural aspects of examination and opposition proceedings, respectively. Substantive requirements are now dealt with in new Parts F, G and H. Part F deals with the requirements which the application must fulfil other than patentability, in particular, unity of invention, sufficiency of disclosure, clarity and the right to priority. Part G deals with the requirements of patentability, in particular, exclusions from patentability, novelty, inventive step and industrial application. Last but not least, Part H deals with the requirements relating to amendments and corrections. In all Parts of the 2012 Guidelines, the amount of case law cited has been expanded.
The European Patent Institute (epi) in cooperation with the European Patent Academy organises a sequence of national one-day seminars in the autumn of 2012 and in the beginning of 2013 to provide an overview of the changes and the impact they may have on a patent practitioner’s daily work. For each national seminar there will be two representatives from the EPO who will give presentations on a variety of subjects; in addition, there will be one speaker on behalf of epi who will regularly interrupt the presentation and ask questions to stimulate discussions while highlighting the profession's view.
National one-day Guidelines2DAY seminars scheduled in the forthcoming months:
– May: 15th Bucharest
- June: 21st Prague
As soon as the dates are fixed, they will be announced on this website.
The preliminary programme of the national one-day GL2DAY seminars will include the following subjects:
– Overview of the changes to the Guidelines 2012
– Changes with respect to Rule 141 and Rule 70b EPC
– Handling of divisional applications
– Internet disclosures as prior art
– Step by step near grant
– Observations with respect to oral proceedings and the right to be heard
– Essential features, clarity and the interplay of Art. 83 and 84 EPC
– Interlocutory review procedure
– Disclaimers in European patent applications
– Handling of auxiliary requests
The extensive 14 days "Train the Trainers" seminar for experienced national European patent attorneys organised by the epi in cooperation with the EPO Academy has been attended by 23 participants from the following countries:
Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithunia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Turkey. The seminar ended on June 19, 2009.
The following participants have been certified "national trainers" on June 19th, 2009:
Mr Samuil Benatov (BG), Mrs. Radislava Kosseva (BG), Mrs. Emilia Vinarova (BG), Mr. Tihomir Dragun (HR), Mr. Mart Enn Koppel (EE), Mr. Margus Sarap (EE), Mr. Zsolt Szabo (HU), Mr. Jevgenijs Fortuna (LV), Mrs. Liudmila Gerasimovic (LT), Mrs. Jurga Petniunaite (LT), Mrs. Lidia Chlebicka (PL), Mrs. Krystyna Chochorowska-Winiarska (PL), Mrs. Malgorzata Gizinska-Schohe (PL), Mr. Ludwik Hudy (PL), Mr. Piotr Kaminski (PL), Mrs. Katarzyna Lewicka (PL), Mr. Piotr Malcherek (PL), Mrs. Ileana-Maria Florea (RO), Mrs. Mihaela Teodorescu (RO), Mr. Dusan Borstar (SI), Mrs. Renata Osolnik (SI), Mrs. Ayse Ünal Ersönmez (TR).
It is to be expected that the trainers will organise epi seminars in their respective countries. The epi secretariat will mail an invitation to epi members in various countries as soon as the seminars have been prepared by the national "trained trainer".