Programme and abstracts

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Wednesday, 26 September

8.00 - 9.00 am Registration
Networking breakfast

Plenary sessions

9.00 - 9.15 am  Introduction and opening remarks
Henry Hadad, President, IPO, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Niclas Morey, Principal Director User Support and Quality Management, EPO

9.15 - 9.45 am Automotive Landscape and Highlights from the EPO
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Presentation (PDF, 3.5 MB)

9.45 - 10.15 am

Quality matters
Niclas Morey, Principal Director User Support and Quality Management, EPO

Presentation (PDF, 875 KB)

10.15 - 10.30 am Q&A session
10.30 - 11.00 am Networking coffee break
11.00 - 11.30 am

Search: art and science
Gareth Lord, Director Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO 

Presentation (PDF, 2.1 MB)

11.30 - 12.00 noon

Patenting computer-implemented inventions and artificial intelligence at the EPO
Régis Quélavoine, Director Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO 

Presentation (PDF, 660 KB)

12.00 - 1.00 pm Networking lunch

Concurrent workshops (round 1)

The three workshops will each be held three times in order to give seminar attendees the opportunity to attend them all. Each workshop will be chaired by an EPO director or team manager and a European patent attorney with knowledge and experience of both the European and the US systems. They are interactive, hands-on sessions in which the participants will work on exercises based on specific automotive cases

1.00 - 2.45 pm

Workshop 1: 
Artificial intelligence meets automotive
Drafting successful bridging-technology applications

Ed Round, European patent attorney, Marks & Clerk
Régis Quélavoine, Director Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Presentation (PDF, 415 KB)

Workshop 2:
You’re in control!
Optimising the timing of your patent prosecution

Rainer Böckelen, European patent attorney, TBK
Gareth Lord, Director Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Presentation (PDF, 910 KB)

Workshop 3:
Win-win solutions
Tips for drafting successful applications for Europe

Anton Baker, European patent attorney, D. Young & Co.
András Szaip, Team Manager Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

Presentation (PDF, 355 KB)

2.45 - 3.15 pm Networking coffee break
3.15 - 5.00 pm Concurrent workshops (round 2)
5.00 - 6.30 pm Drinks reception

Thursday, 27 September

8.00 - 9.00 am Networking breakfast
9.00 - 10.45 am Concurrent workshops (round 3)
10.45 - 11.15 am Networking coffee break
11.15 - 12.30 pm

Panel discussion
IP challenges: 2020 and beyound


Disruptive developments such as in connectivity requirements challenge established vehicle manufactures and their suppliers. Furthermore, new players in the industry have a different approach to litigation and licencing and view of the value chain. In addition to these challenges, the mobility sector is at the forefront of a revolution in the application of expanding technologies such as AI and Blockchain.


How do the automotive industry and its supply chain deal with this and what are the opportunities to be grasped?

Eric Satermo, Senior Prosecution Manager, The Boeing Company
John Mulgrew, Global Head of IP and Head of Privacy, Uber
Themi Anagnos, Deputy Director General, Director of Intellectual Property for the Americas, Continental
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO
Albert Keyack, EPO attaché to the USA
Moderator: Niclas Morey, Principal Director User Support and Quality Management, EPO

12.30 - 12.45 pm  Closing remarks
Mark Lauroesch, Executive Director, IPO
Roberta Romano-Götsch, Chief Operating Officer Mobility and Mechatronics, EPO

12.45 - 1.30 pm Buffet lunch
1.30 pm End 

Workshop abstracts

Workshop 1

Artificial intelligence meets Automotive
Drafting successful bridging-technology applications

Parcel delivery by drone, platooning trucks, self-driving taxis - have you ever wondered if these technologies are patented? And did you know that a high percentage of mobility and mechatronics applications already involve CII and AI?

This workshop will look at how these bridging technologies can best be protected with practical examples from the area of vehicle control, including such modern themes as engine control and hybrid drivetrains.

It will also give participants insight into how to draft and prosecute EPO applications in technologies around autonomous traffic and urban logistics.

Workshop 2

You’re in control!
Optimising the timing of your patent prosecution

This workshop will look at the various filing routes available to applicants, in particular for automotive and mobility companies based in the USA, with a focus on their filing patterns and worldwide value chains.

In particular, it will deal with PCT applications as the basis for European applications, as well as alternatives.

Ways of expediting the prosecution of these applications by overcoming statutory delays will be explored and tips will be provided on how to save unnecessary costs at each stage.

The workshop will enable participants to draft and prosecute applications to gain the most value from the various alternatives as part of a global portfolio.

Workshop 3

Win-win solutions
Tips for drafting successful applications for Europe

This workshop focuses on the intricacies and pitfalls of patent prosecution at the EPO. It is tailored to US applicants in the automotive space, including those filing PCT applications as a basis for European applications.

The topics discussed will be:

  • claim structure/dependencies
  • the EPO approach to added subject-matter
  • technical effect and the EPO approach to inventive step
  • technical features incorporated by reference
  • citing prior art and other formal issues

Automotive applications generally have a low number of office actions before grant and this raises the importance of effective drafting. The workshop will enable participants to draft applications, and amend claims, in compliance with the European Patent Convention.

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