Assessing novelty and inventive step of patent applications


Start: 04.05.2020
End: 26.06.2020


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This self-paced training course deals with practical aspects of novelty and inventive step, with a clear emphasis on exercises and examples (chemistry and non-chemistry). The learning path, introduced by videos, refreshes the different topics 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 on-line 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

Target groups

Staff of national industrial property offices of EPO member states.

Level of expertise



Online training


On completion of the course participants will be able to assess novelty and inventive step in line with EPO practice.


The distance learning course will explain in detail the background theory and methodologies with reference to novelty and inventive step according to the EPC:


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


Participants should have a minimum of two years experience of 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

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Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 24/7 from 04 May 2020 on. The virtual classroom (VC) sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur):


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

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