Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications (London, United Kingdom - November 5, 2020) - ResearchAndMarkets.com

DUBLIN--()--The "Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications" conference has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Clarity in drafting patent claims has always been a serious issue: clarity is required to distinguish the subject matter of a claim from the prior art, and an unclear claim can be interpreted to the disadvantage of the applicant or proprietor. This is not just a formal matter, but a substantial issue of first importance.

The problem-solution' approach is not officially part of the EPC but is a criterion which has been developed by case law. It is now hard to find a decision of the Boards of Appeal which does not rely on the problem solution approach in order to decide upon inventive step. It looks easy, but when applied, it should be applied correctly.

The purpose of this seminar is to teach delegates the essentials of clarity and the most effective use of the problem-solution approach, giving them an edge over other parties.

Key topics covered:

  • Article 84 - the implications of clarity of claims
  • Effective use of the problem-solution approach
  • Article 56 - understanding inventive step

Agenda:

Understanding the implications of clarity of claims - Article 84

  • Definition of clarity - Art 84
  • Categories and types of claims
  • Practical definition of clarity - clear means
  • Conciseness and support by description
  • Form and content of claims
  • Clarity vs. novelty
  • Structural vs. functional features
  • Comprising vs. consisting
  • The interplay between Art 83, 84 and 56
  • Relative terms
  • Inventions defined by parameters
  • Definition by result to be achieved
  • Sources of difficulties with Article 84 - illustrating case law
  • Clarity of claims in opposition procedure
  • Application of G 3/14 to amended claims
  • Adaptation of the description

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Exercises to exemplify the concepts learnt

Inventive step and how to master the problem-solution approach - Article 56

  • Legal definition
  • State of the art
  • Obvious
  • Problem-solution approach - identifying the nearest/closest prior art
  • Formulating the objective technical problem
  • Does the claimed subject matter solve the objective problem?
  • Partial problems
  • Aggregation/juxtaposition
  • Mix of technical and non-technical features
  • Deciding on inventive step and positive pointers

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Exercises to exemplify the concepts learnt

Latest case law and its implications for defending your EPO patent applications

  • Notable decisions on inventive step

Speakers:

Daniel X Thomas

Training Patent Specialist

EPO

Daniel X. Thomas is an electronics engineer by training. He started his career in the patent field as search examiner at the former Institut International des Brevets in The Hague in 1971. After incorporation of the IIB into the EPO in 1978, he was search examiner in the EPO's DG1. He joined the EPO's DG2 in 1979 as substantive examiner in the field of computers and memories. He became a Director in DG2 in 1989, and subsequently headed directorates in various fields of electronics, physics and mechanics.

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Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900