Assessing novelty and inventive step of patent applications


Start: 05.05.2014
End: 30.05.2014


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This self-paced training course deals with practical aspects of novelty and inventive step, with a clear emphasis on exercises and examples. The learning path refreshes the different topics and proposes exercises and an assignment having a different degree of difficulty.

Target groups

Staff of national industrial property offices of EPO member states.

Level of expertise



Online training


Once successfully completed, participants will be able to effectively assess novelty and inventive step in line with the EPO practice (Guidelines and Case Law).


The distance learning course will explain in detail the background theory and methodologies with reference to Novelty and inventive step according to the EPC:


A balanced mix of theory and practice, providing for interactive discussions by means of webinars and an on-line forum will help to generate new knowledge, clarify open questions and allow for immediately putting into practice the acquired know-how.


Participants should have a minimum of one year experience of searching or examining patent applications. A good command of spoken and written English is required.

Technical requirements:
In order to attend the on-line course participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. For the virtual classrooms, the EPO uses Cisco WebEX, so initially some WebEX software will be installed on your computer. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. For more information please see the "VC guidelines for participants" under "Downloads". In order to make full use of the VC sessions, we recommend to use headsets.

Seminar outline

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Venue details

The on-line course will be hosted on the Internet and accessible 7/24 from 5 May 2014 on. The virtual classroom (VC) sessions are scheduled as below (change of dates might occur), starting each at 14:00 h CEST (GMT +02:00h):


European Patent Academy
European Patent Office
Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
80469 Munich
Tel. +49-89-2399-5256
Fax +49-89-2399-5449

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