Videoconferencing at the EPO - What we've learnt so far



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Videoconferencing at the EPO - What we've learnt so far
Start date Friday, January 22, 2021 12:30 PM
End date Friday, January 22, 2021 02:00 PM
CPD Points 1.5
Price Non Member £73.20 (Includes £12.20 VAT)
Member £0.00 (Includes £0.00 VAT)


Last year video conferencing really took off at the EPO and we are seeing it become ever more prevalent as the EPO deals with the growing backlog arising from pandemic-driven travel restrictions.  We are excited to welcome Natasa Doslik and Gwilym Roberts back together with Peter Kent to talk about how things have moved on since last year’s webinar on the topic, and to get practical tips from attorneys who have been involved in video conferencing since the pandemic started.  It looks like we’re going to be on ViCo for a long time and it looks like the EPO are very keen adopters, so this is an essential opportunity to hear what’s happening now and what’s coming next.  

Speaker Info

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Dr Nataša Doslik, EPO

Dr. Nataša Doslik holds a PhD in chemistry and is Senior Expert at the EPO, working in the sector Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry.

She is part of the expert group of the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions.

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Gwilym Roberts, Kilburn & Strode

 Gwilym Roberts 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.

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Peter Kent, Keltie

Peter is a partner in Keltie’s engineering team. Peter handles a wide range of technologies with particular expertise in renewable energy, focussing on wind turbines. Peter has a thriving oppositions practice and is frequently engaged in oral proceedings before the Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal. 

Catherine Jewell, Beck Greener LLP

 Catherine received a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford in 1999 and went on to obtain a PhD at University College London, carrying out research on the electronic and structural properties of early transition metal oxides at the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory in the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Subsequently she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Universities of Nottingham and Glasgow, working on lithium nitride and other nanomaterials for hydrogen storage.

In 2006 Catherine returned to London to become a patent and trade mark attorney, qualifying in 2010 as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney, in 2011 as a Chartered and European Trade Mark Attorney and in 2018 as an Irish Trade Mark Agent.  Catherine joined Beck Greener LLP as an Associate in 2013 and became a partner in April 2018.  She has been a visiting lecturer at the University College London School of Pharmacy since 2018, teaching a module on Intellectual Property as part of the School’s Masters programmes in entrepreneurial science and pharmaceutical start-ups. 

Catherine is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Beck Greener LLP and leads the community outreach project, “STEM: Branching Out”, which won local and national awards in 2018 for its impact encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to study STEM subjects

Bobby Smithson, Appleyard Lees

Bobby Smithson, Appleyard Lees partner, works closely with in-house patent departments of large companies both in the UK and overseas. His management of diverse, international patent portfolios includes identification of new inventions, assessment of their patentability, and drafting and filing resulting patent applications.

Bobby has specialist experience in polymers, coatings and healthcare apparatuses. His practice includes patent work related to product inventions, novel polymers, compositions comprising existing polymers, and new operating processes. He has also drafted and successfully prosecuted patents for various complex mechanical inventions including engines and gearboxes.

Bobby frequently handles opposition and appeal matters before the European Patent Office and has been involved in a large number of high-profile cases in the chemical and medical device fields.