It is said that on the spectrum of patent offices, the European Patent Office is the most strict one regarding added matter. Some welcome a strict approach, others not. This topic was debated at a CIPA round table in London in June 2018 with Pia Björk from the European Patent Academy – join us for a follow-up of the discussion in a webinar on 25 June 2019. Pia will also high-light some of the recent changes on added matter in the EPO Guidelines for Examination. The webinar is targeted at patent attorneys but could also be of interest for a wider public following patent prosecution at the EPO.
Pia Björk joined the European Patent Office (EPO) in 1989 in Munich as an examiner in the fields of metallurgy and general mechanics. Between 2007 and 2017 she was operational director in the cluster of Pure and Applied Organic Chemistry in directorates dealing with cosmetics and then later pharma. Pia Björk has been involved in basic and advanced training of examiners in search and examination as well as a cluster representative in the Patent Law and Procedures group of the EPO. In January 2018 she joined the European Patent Academy where she organises and contributes to different external training events.