EPO Oral Proceedings 2017

EPO Oral Proceedings 2017


Please be advised that this course if fully booked - if you would like to be added to the waiting this for when this course is re-ran please contact us on cpd@cipa.org.uk

Event information

EPO Oral Proceedings 2017
Capacity 20
Start date Monday, June 19, 2017 08:00 AM
End date Monday, June 19, 2017 05:00 PM
Venue Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6JJ
Price Member £468.00 (Includes £78.00 VAT)


  • Are you recently qualified, but terrified by the thought of handling oral proceedings on your own?
  • Or perhaps you’re further on in your career, but still feel you lack experience and confidence when it comes to EPO hearings?
  • Do you have trainees of your own, and worry about how to prepare them for this difficult aspect of the job?


CIPA’s next course on EPO proceedings costs just £390 + VAT and starts this spring.

Tell me more…

Our course is in two parts.  The first is a remote learning module, in the form of pre-recorded webinars and an accompanying printed training manual.  This part can be completed any time within a two-month window, at the student’s convenience.  The second part is a one-day workshop which will take place in London on Monday 19 June 2017.  The workshop includes two mock hearings, one before an “examining division” and one before an “opposition division”.  All delegates will have the chance to participate actively in these hearings, and will receive coaching in case preparation and presentation.

Who’ll be teaching the course?

We have a star-studded cast of speakers and tutors.  Peter Jenkins, Chris Mercer and Kristina Cornish are European patent attorneys with considerable experience of EPO oral proceedings.  Michael Silverleaf QC and Richard Davis are patent barristers who have also represented clients before the EPO.  Christopher Rennie-Smith is a former EPO Board of Appeal Chairman and IP solicitor, and Graham Ashley is a current Board of Appeal Chairman.  Christopher and Graham will provide an insight into how EPO examiners work and what you need to do to impress them.  Their input gives the course a uniquely rounded scope, embracing both the EPO and the attorney perspectives.

What about its content?

Together, our speakers will cover the laws and procedures that underpin EPO proceedings; how to prepare your case for a hearing; how to optimise your written submissions (including arguments, supporting evidence and claim requests); basic advocacy and case presentation techniques; and practical tips for the hearing itself.  They will deliver a first-class training experience which we hope every European patent attorney will want to take part in before “flying solo” at oral proceedings.

Book me a place!!

For more information, or to sign up for the course, contact cpd@cipa.org.uk.  Places are limited, so don’t delay.