This workshop will give you an overview of opposition proceedings before the EPO and the related case law.
The focus is on procedural matters, including appropriate reactions to situations occurring during oral proceedings, such as the hearing of witnesses and the handling of requests for apportionment of costs in opposition proceedings, as well as what (not) to do during oral proceedings.
You will have the opportunity to take part in mock oral proceedings (one per day) designed to let you experience a variety of events in real time, in a variety of roles (also unusual ones, e.g. as a member of the opposition division), with each party supported by a tutor. You will be allocated your roles (i.e. opposition division, patent proprietor or opponent) and provided with preparatory documentation in advance of the workshop.
You will also receive a collection of board of appeal decisions relating to various aspects of oral proceedings.
The workshop is aimed at professional representatives seeking to improve their practical expertise. Basic experience in oral proceedings is recommended. The workshop is not open to EQE candidates.
After the workshop you will have a better understanding of oral proceedings before the EPO.
You will receive a full set of materials for the mock oral proceedings in advance of the workshop. We recommend that you spend up to a day working on them, as a good preparation is essential to the success of the workshop.
This fee covers conference material, catering for the whole event and dinner on the first day for one participant. The fee cannot be split and is not refundable if cancellation is requested less than 28 days before the start of the event.
The participants are kindly asked to arrange for their accommodation themselves. Please find more information under Downloads at the top of this page.
EPO special rates only apply if the room booking is made through the travel agency BCD Travel, either by using the BCD Travel hotel booking form or by booking online through the BCD Travel hotel booking tool.
We are supporting the EPO's environmental policy therefore we will not provide any presentation handouts. All event documentation will be made available in electronic form.
You can pay the registration fee using one of the following options:
MasterCard or visa
Please follow the instructions when you register online for the workshop. Please keep your credit card details (MasterCard or Visa) ready when registering. You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail in due course.
You will receive an invoice from the EPO addressed to you according to the details in your online registration and containing all necessary details for a bank transfer. Please remit the respective amount upon receipt of the invoice indicating the invoice number and respecting the time for payment allowed.
You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail, once we have received the payment of your registration fee on the EPO's bank account. Please note that if you pay by bank transfer it can take up to 10 days from the date of your bank transfer until we can actually see your payment on our account.
Direct debiting of your EPO deposit account
Please send an e-mail to the EPO's customer service centre (email@example.com) requesting the EPO to debit your EPO deposit account and indicate:
Number of the EPO deposit account
Name of account holder
Event reference: PW20-2013
Name of participant, company/institution
Date of completed online registration
Amount to be debited
You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail, once the debit has been dealt with by our Finance department.
European Patent Office
Professional Representatives Unit
European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
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