Abstracts

In keeping with the EPO's environmental policy, all the presentations will be made available as downloads after the event.

Plenary sessions

 

Speed of processing at the EPO. Update on the EPO's Early Certainty initiative

Monday, 18 June - Morning
09.20 - 10.00

Language: English

Content:

Users need a high degree of legal certainty in the patent system to enable them to monetise their ideas and inventions and get a fair return on their investment.

A major part of this certainty is the timeliness of product delivery. The EPO has mastered its search workload and now provides search reports (with an accompanying written opinion) within 6 months of filing.

The next step is to improve timeliness in examination and opposition and extend the Early Certainty initiative to those procedures.

This presentation will outline these new timeliness objectives and how they will be achieved.

Update on European Patent Register services and a preview of the new Espacenet

Monday, 18 June - Morning
11.00 - 11.30

Language: English 

Content:

The European Patent Register and its related services are continuously updated and improved. Some of the recent changes will be presented.

The well-known Espacenet service will be re-launched in the second half of 2018 with an entirely new user experience. New features include an advanced query builder, improved results navigation and filtering and a responsive design in order to enable working on devices with various screen sizes including tablets and smartphones. With the design being almost finalised, a preview of some of the main elements will be given.

Global Dossier - Access to citation results from multiple IP offices

Monday, 18 June - Morning
11.30 - 12.00

Language: English

Content:

The Global dossier is a business communication network which enables on-line exchange of file wrapper information between the IP5 offices and WIPO. The Global Dossier allows users a comprehensive view of all the prosecution status of all the family members of without needing to use multiple file wrapper inspection portals which leads to a significant time saving. The Global dossier is being continually enhanced to increase IP office coverage and to broaden the data content. An overview of the functionalities of Global dossier will be presented.

Industry 4.0 and its impact on the patent system

Tuesday, 19 June
11.45 - 12.15

Language: English 

Content:

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - or "Industry 4.0" - is a revolution in connectivity and distributed intelligence. It is characterised by driving technologies such as the Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things, and by the presence of computer technologies in every aspect of our lives. The consequences for intellectual property are potentially tremendous, and they challenge some of the fundamental concepts of the system, such as the definition of "industry" and "inventor". There will be greater overlap and interplay between IP right types, and as software pervades all technologies there will be greater debate about its patentability. Patent offices will have to react to these changes, adapting their approaches. Industry 4.0 will also have an impact on patent information, bringing new challenges for patent searchers.

Seminars and presentations

Opposition and appeal procedures before the EPO

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
13.45 - 15.15

Tuesday, 19 June
09.00 - 10.30

Language: English

This seminar covers the theory of the opposition and appeal procedures before the European Patent Office.

An overview of the applicable legal provisions and requirements for appeals and oppositions will form part of this presentation.

Electronic notifications and online payments, including credit card transactions

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
13.45 - 15.15
 

Tuesday, 19 June
09.00 - 10.30

Language: English 

Content:

  • Administrator
    • How to become an Administrator
    • How to activate the Mailbox
    • How to designate recipients of electronic mail
    • How to activate MyFiles
    • How to assign user rights
  • Mailbox
    • Who can receive electronic notifications from the EPO
    • Who can process them?
    • Semi-automated workflows
    • Working with electronic notifications
    • Ten-day rule, paper vs electronic notifications
  • My Files
    • Link to the Mailbox
    • Self-service online functions
    • Access to your unpublished files
  • Best practice interaction
    • Smart card-related actions
    • Filing interactions: advantages of an association over representatives
    • CMS registration
    • OLF tips
  • Online Fee Payment
    • Introduction - requirements for using the Online Fee Payment service
    • Setting up user administration
    • Online Fee Payment for users of the automatic debiting procedure
    • Online overview of your deposit account
    • Creating and sending single and batch payments
    • How to use the Online Multipay Tool
    • Introduction of the new credit card payment option
    • Upcoming changes

The PCT at the European Patent Office

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
13.45 - 15.15

Abstract:

This seminar covers the various aspects of the EPO acting as PCT authority (receiving Office, ISA, and IPEA). 

Content:

  • Legal requirements for filing international applications (PCT/RO/101) where the EPO is the receiving office (RO/EP)
  • Legal requirements for correcting an international filing
  • PCT Direct
  • Legal requirements for filing the PCT Demand (PCT/IPEA/401) with the EPO acting as IPEA

Review of the formal requirements in the EP procedure and their implications for online filing

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
15.45 - 17.15

Tuesday, 19 June
09.00 - 10.30

Language: English

Content:

  • What's new in the EP and PCT procedures?
  • Some examples of best practice with respect to formal requirements
  • The FormHelper tool
  • Web-form filing
  • DOCX filing

Hands-on workshops with PCs

Preview to Online filing 2.0, the next generation of CMS filing (*)

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
13.45 - 15.15
Languages: English, French and German

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
15.45 - 17.15
Languages: English and German

Tuesday, 19 June
09.00 - 10.30
Languages: English and German
 

Content:

The EPO is developing a major upgrade of the current web-based filing application (CMS) and plans the roll out of the new version in the second half of 2018.

Attendees will be given a look at the revamped user interface, the improved usability and new features.

With the upgrade, the navigation through the filing procedures will be more intuitive and the administrative functionalities will be extended.

During the workshop users will be given a demonstration and a walk thru of the new features. 

Electronic filing of PCT applications - practical session (*)

Monday, 18 June - Afternoon
15.45 - 17.15

Tuesday, 19 June
09.00 - 10.30

Language: English

This workshop is intended for users with a basic knowledge of the PCT procedure. For the practical exercises, the Online Filing software (eOLF) will be used. 

Content:

  • Short introduction of the basic functionalities of the Online Filing software, especially the PCT plug-in
  • Filing international applications where the EPO is the receiving office (RO/EP)
    • Filing of PCT/RO/101, etc.
    • Subsequently filed items: PCT-SFD plug-in 
  • Filing PCT-DEMAND where the EPO is the IPEA (IPEA/EP)

Apart from the above mentioned items, the following topics will also be reviewed:

  • Different payment methods
  • PCT Direct

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