Prosecution of EPO and U.S. Patent Applications Based on a Single Specification

May 11, 2012 | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | London

Included in this conference:

  • EPO/US Prosecution Procedures and Timelines
  • EPO/US Definitions of Prior Art
  • The Effect of Different EPO and USPTO Priority Rules on the Right to Amend Claims
  • How to Draft Effective Responses to EPO and USPTO Rejections
  • Inventive Step and Obviousness Arguments
  • Technical Effect and Subject Matter Arguments
  • Limiting Prosecution History Estoppel in the US
  • Worked Examples of Office Action Responses


How you will benefit from attending this seminar:

  • The different rules and analyses of the European and US Patent Offices invariably cause difficulties to applicants who adopt a single approach for amending claims and arguing for the patentability of their inventions. Claim amendments and patentability arguments that are highly effective for the EPO often prove entirely inadequate for the USPTO.


  • The seminar addresses the parallel, but substantially different, standards for patentability employed by the Examiners and Appeal Boards of the EPO and USPTO. By attending, you will see the contrast in practices before the EPO and USPTO and learn the experts’ techniques for responding to rejections issued by each of the patent offices.


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