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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Training programme 2020

Life of a Patent distance learning course

This distance learning course is intended for beginners in the profession but also for patent practitioners/patent engineers in industry that would like to refresh their EPC knowledge and skills. Participants find out about the main steps of pre-drafting and drafting a European patent application, together with the formal and substantive aspects of prosecution.
The scheduled virtual classroom sessions allow a direct interaction with epi experts. Introductory videos guide you through the different topics which are discussed at conceptual level and illustrated with practical examples. The course includes tests (quizzes) and assignments. After successful completion of the quizzes you have the possibility to obtain a certificate for this course.

Course is composed in four chapters: 

  • Pre-drafting
  • Drafting
  • Formal aspects of prosecution
  • Substantive aspects of prosecution

More details are available at the calendar of events.


We are sorry to announce that in response to the latest developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), epi has decided to cancel all seminar and training events taking place during March and April 2020.  


Opposition and Appeal

The "Opposition and Appeal" seminars will provide you with an intensive and practical overview of all relevant legal and practical issues concerning opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office. The seminar also includes a detailed section about the new Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal.

10 February 2020 Munich (DE) epi roadshow supported by the EPO
17 March 2020 - Cancelled The Hague (NL) epi roadshow supported by the EPO
14 October 2020 Paris (FR) epi roadshow supported by the EPO
(registration available soon)
11 November 2020 Milan (IT) epi roadshow supported by the EPO
(registration available soon)

Case Law

The "Case Law" seminar will provide you with an overview of the most recent key decisions and developments in the EPO’s board of appeal case law. This collection of lectures offers a range of subjects, including procedural and substantive topics, and with a mixture of general-interest and more field-specific topics. The seminar also includes the demonstration of a mock EPO Oral Proceedings.

17 April 2020 - Cancelled Prague (CZ) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 
15 May 2020 - Cancelled Zurich or Geneva (CH) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 
29 June 2020 Dublin (IE) epi roadshow supported by the EPO
(registration available soon)
8 September 2020 Copenhagen (DK) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 
12 October 2020 Lyon (FR) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 
30 October 2020 Berlin (DE) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 
27 November 2020 Sofia (BG) epi roadshow supported by the EPO 

 


Life of a patent

This seminar series comprising in total four parts (Pre-Drafting, Drafting, Prosecution, Opposition) and targets beginners in the profession but also patent practitioner/patent engineers in industry that would like to refresh their EPC knowledge and skills.  

23 - 24 January 2020
(Pre-Drafting & Drafting)

Lisbon (PT)

epi roadshow supported by the EPO

23 24 April 2020 - Cancelled
(Prosecution & Opposition)

Ljubljana (SI)

epi roadshow supported by the EPO

tbd
(Prosecution & Opposition)

Lisbon (PT)

epi roadshow supported by the EPO


Claim drafting course

The claim drafting course aims at providing participants with a solid understanding of the theoretical basis on which the claim language is formulated as accompanied by practical examples in interactive sessions during which the participants discuss and interpret scopes of different claims, analyze different types of claims and the terminology thereof.

tbd Milan (IT) epi roadshow
tbd Warsaw (PL) epi roadshow
tbd Budapest (HU) epi roadshow