The patent practice of Faegre Baker Daniels is pleased to host senior European Patent Office (EPO) examiners and directors on June 7, 2013, in the firm's Chicago office for a roundtable discussion.
We invite you to join us for an opportunity to ask high-level EPO personnel questions about your European patent practices.
You have three options for participation — attend in person at Faegre Baker Daniels' Chicago office, via videoconference from any of Faegre Baker Daniels' other U.S. office locations or from the comfort of your own office via webinar.
Topics of discussion will include:
- Common mistakes made by U.S. applicants that undermine obtaining protection at the EPO for otherwise worthwhile inventions
- Common issues with applications originating from non-EU applicants, especially applications that were initially prosecuted in the U.S.
- Amendment rejections due to "added subject matter" (Article 123 EPC)
- The patentability of software/business methods in the EPO
- Recommendations on what to look for in determining whether an idea is likely to be deemed patentable subject matter in the EPO
- Use of informal telephone discussions between the examiner and European patent attorney — oral proceedings (hearing) summons — one-month deadline for written submissions pre-hearing
- Thoughts on a unitary patent
- Questions from the audience
RSVP by Tuesday, June 4, to Lindsey Merek at lindsey.merek@FaegreBD.com. Please note in your RSVP if you plan to attend from one of Faegre Baker Daniels' U.S. offices or via webinar.
We will be applying for CLE credit for those who attend in person from Chicago and via the web in states that allow web-based CLE credit.