Assessing clarity and unity of patent applications

Date

Start: 02.03.2020
End: 30.04.2020

Location

course, online

Organised by

Working language(s)

English

Description

This self-paced training course defines a learning path through the basics about Clarity and Unity of invention, with an emphasis on practical examples (chemistry and non-chemistry). Because both topics require a case-based approach, the learning path guides the user through the different topics by means of introductory videos and proposes exercises (tests) and optional assignments.

Virtual classroom sessions allow for direct interaction with expert tutors from the European Patent Office as well as an online forum.

Certificates will be issued to participants who have passed the required tests.

We recommend combining this course with the entry-level on-line course on Patentability requirements (self-paced course in https://e-courses.epo.org).

Target groups

Staff of national industrial property offices of EPO member states.

Level of expertise

Intermediate

Medium

Online training

Objectives

On completion of the course participants will be able to apply the criteria for clarity and unity of invention in line with EPO practice.

Content

The distance learning course will explain in detail the background theory and methodologies with reference to Clarity and Unity of invention according to the EPC:

Methodology

A balanced mix of theory and practice, providing for interactive discussions by means of webinars and an online forum, will help to generate new knowledge, clarify open questions and allow for immediately putting into practice the acquired know-how.

Prerequisites

Participants should have a minimum of two years experience of searching or examining patent applications. A good command of spoken and written English is required.

Technical requirements:

In order to attend the on-line course participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. For the virtual classrooms, the EPO uses Cisco WebEX, so initially some WebEX software will be installed on your computer. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. For more information please see the "VC guidelines for participants" under "Downloads". In order to make full use of the VC sessions, we recommend to use headsets.

Seminar outline

Duration: 2 months

Estimated working time:

about 1 - 1,5 h per VC
about 8 h for e-learning module
about 5 h for case / assignment

Application

Please do not use capital letters when filling the online registration form.

Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 24/7 from 2 March 2020 on. The virtual classroom (VC) sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur):

VC (1): 04.03.2020 at 11:00 h CET (GMT +01:00)

VC (2): 19.03.2020  at 11:00 h CET (GMT +01:00)
VC (3): 30.03.2020 at 11:00 h CEST (GMT +02:00)
VC (4): 20.04.2020 at 11:00 h CEST (GMT +02:00)


Contact

European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469 Munich
GERMANY
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256_
Fax +49-89-2399-5449_
academy@epo.org

Max. number of participants

80

Reference

OD38-2020

Registration deadline

Deadline for registration is over.