Programme

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Moderated by Robert Young, former member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal and former chairman of an EPO board of appeal

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
08.30 hrs  Registration  
09.00 hrs 

Welcome from the European Patent Academy

09.15 hrs 

The boards of appeals of the EPO: recent developments and trends

Wim van der Eijk, Vice-President Appeals, chairman of the EPO's Enlarged Board of Appeal

09.30 hrs  Time is of the essence: late-filed requests
Hugo Meinders, chairman of an EPO board of appeal
10.30 hrs  Questions and answers
10.45 hrs  Coffee break
11.00 hrs  Assessing the legitimacy of amendments: added subject-matter
Fritz Blumer, legally qualified member of the EPO boards of appeal
12.00 hrs
Questions and answers
12.15 hrs Lunch
13:30 hrs
Mock trial
  • Chairman: Alec Clelland, former chairman of an EPO board of appeal
  • Rapporteur: Bernhard Noll, technically qualified member of an EPO board of appeal
  • Legal member: Marie-Bernadette Tardo-Dino, legally qualified member of the EPO boards of appeal
  • Respondent's representative: David Molnia, European patent attorney, Partner, df-mp, Munich
  • Appellant's representative: Markus Herzog, European patent attorney, Weickmann and Weickmann, Munich
15.30 hrs Coffee break
16.00 hrs Discussion concerning the mock trial
17.00 hrs Cocktail reception
Thursday, 9 October 2014  
09.00 hrs Highlights of EPO case law: a review of the previous year
Petra Schmitz, legally qualified member of the EPO boards of appeal
10.00 hrs
Questions and answers
10.15 hrs
Coffee break  
10.45 hrs (i) Exclusion of therapeutic and surgical methods: where do we stand?
Albert Lindner, chairman of an EPO board of appeal
(ii) Exploring the borders of technicality - Computer-implemented inventions
Dai Rees, chairman of an EPO board of appeal
(iii) On a quest for knowledge: searching EPO board of appeal decisions
Legal research service of the EPO boards of appeals
11.45 hrs Questions and answers
12.00 hrs
Lunch
13.30 hrs Sufficiency of disclosure: how much is enough?
Marc Névant, European patent attorney, Cabinet Beau de Loménie, Paris, member of the epi Council
14.30 hrs Questions and answers
14.45 hrs
Coffee break
15.15 hrs Crystal clear? The article 84 issue
Marco Alvazzi Delfrate, technically qualified member of an EPO board of appeal
16.15 hrs
Questions and answers
16.30 hrs Conclusion and end of conference

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