•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 in summer 2019.
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 in London. 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.
This year’s workshop will take place on Monday 25 November 2019 at the Hallam Conference Centre in London (44 Hallam St, W1W 6JJ).
Who’ll be teaching the course?
We have a star-studded cast of speakers and tutors. David Brown, Kristina Cornish, Peter Jenkins, Saiful Khan, Susan Kirsch, Chris Mercer and Lucy Samuels are European patent attorneys with considerable experience of EPO oral proceedings. Richard Davis, Tom Mitcheson QC and Michael Silverleaf QC are patent barristers who have also represented clients before the EPO. Christopher Rennie-Smith is a former EPO Board of Appeal Chairman, now a European patent consultant; Kevin Garnett QC a former Enlarged Board of Appeal member; and Graham Ashley a current Board of Appeal Chairman. Christopher, Kevin 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, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited, so don’t delay.