This seminar provides participants with the basic skills of assessing novelty and inventive step in patent applications. After an overview of the different types of prior art, participants will receive lectures on novelty, including feature analysis of the claims and the prior art, priority and intermediate documents issues, and proof of prior art publication dates as well as availability to the public. Further lectures will be on inventive step, including the problem-solution approach developed by the EPO as a systematic analytical method for assessing inventive step. The lectures will be supplemented by practical case studies and exercises which will provide basic hands-on experience to the participants. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss the cases and related topics with EPO experts during the practical exercises as well as in plenary sessions.
The seminar takes into account the different technical areas of physics/electricity/ mechanics and biology/pharma/chemistry.
Staff of the national patent offices of the EPO member states
On completion of this seminar, participants will be able to
Participants must have a minimum of 6 months search and examination experience and a very good command of English, both orally and in writing.
Presentations on novelty and inventive step
Group working on practical example cases
Discussion of participant's own cases
Intellectual Property Office
European Patent Academy
Deadline for registration is over.