Claim and Specification Drafting for a Single EPO/USPTO Patent Application

September 12-13, 2013 | 9:30-5:00 p.m. | London

An intensive, practical course on how to prosecute patent applications under the differing requirements of the EPC and USPTO

An application originating in Europe frequently encounters substantial difficulties before the USPTO. The European applicant often faces rejections based on alleged inadequacies in the specification. Recurrently, claims issued to a European applicant are unnecessarily narrow by US standards or unexpectedly constrained by US principles of disavowal, disclaimer and estoppel. The need for high-quality application drafting, acceptable to both the EPO and USPTO, has never been greater. This seminar offers:

  • A comprehensive overview of the principles underlying the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in both the US and Europe.
  • The speakers will compare and contrast the often very different approaches of the European and US Patent Offices
  • They will offer the ‘best practices’ for preparing an application that is well suited for filing in both Europe and the US
  • Illustrations will be provided as the legal basis for such practices.


Practical Application

  • During the course delegates will be divided into groups to correct, modify and prepare existing sample claims.
  • This will then be followed by a plenary session during which delegates and speakers will discuss the worked examples to produce an optimal specification acceptable to both the EPO and USPTO.
  • The seminar will also include ongoing opportunities for participants to ask questions and discuss individual concerns.


Who Should Attend

  • Patent professionals and other executives who are responsible for patent applications that are filed in, and prosecuted before, both European and US Patent Offices.



  • Bradley Hulbert, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP, Chicago
  • David Meldrum, D Young & Co LLP, London


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