Opposition procedure at the EPO (distance learning course)
Distance learning, Germany
The objectives of this distance learning course are:
- Get a clear overview of the procedure
- Know the fundamentals of filing an opposition
- Be in a position to inform clients about the justification of an opposition and the main questions to consider when filing one
- Be in a position to inform clients about the main consequences of the outcome of the procedure at European and at national level
Staff of national patent offices of the EPO member states
- Purpose of the opposition procedure
- Opposition procedure as dealt with at first instance
- Opposition as an inter partes procedure
- Who is entitled to file an opposition?
- Substantial basis for the opposition: grounds
- Time period for filing: up to nine months after grant
- Question of admissibility
- Who is who in the procedure (division and parties)?
- Right to be heard
- Oral proceedings at opposition
- Patent maintained, revoked or amended
- Effect on European patent; possible stay of court procedures at national level
- Apportionment of costs
- be provided with comprehensive information on the opposition procedure at the EPO
- have access to an e-learning module that can be followed at their convenience and used for reference after the training course
- have virtual classroom (VC) sessions to get a deeper understanding of the concepts provided by way of examples and practical cases. These sessions will also provide an opportunity for Q&A and direct exchange between participants and EPO experts.
A minimum of two years’ search and examination experience along with a very good command of spoken and written English.
Duration: 5 weeks
Virtual classroom sessions will be held on:
Distance learning course
European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Tel. +49 89 2399 5256
Deadline for registration is over.