In the latter half of 2018, the Boards of Appeal consulted widely on an update to their Rules of Procedure, culminating in a conference in Munich in December. The institute, amongst many other parties, submitted a range of comments. The consultation is now closed and conformation of the final version is expected soon. We have a good idea of what will be coming out of the exercise, and there could be significant impact on practice not only before the Boards of Appeal, but before that in opposition and examination proceedings. A range of speakers from CIPA and the EPO will be going through the changes and discussing the practical implications and every practitioner should make sure that they are up to speed with the potential consequences of the changes.
Speaker Information: Gwilym Roberts, CIPA Honorary Secretary/Kilburn & Strode
Heavily involved in CIPA’s patents committee, Gwilym is closely involved in responding to patent office consultations especially in the area of future changes and improvements to the system. In his professional life he advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO. He is a visiting Professor at QMUL, President of the British Group of UNION, Chairman of Kilburn & Strode LLP and a Council Member of CIPA.