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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

"Life of a Patent" Distance Learning Course from 2 April - 14 June 2024

Online: 02.04.2024

Starts: 02.04.2024 8:00hrs
Ends: 02.04.2024 23:55hrs




Have you ever thought about all the things to take into account before drafting and filing a patent application up to the last step of the grant process? This course presents all the relevant ones you should consider.

This self-paced training course deals with all the important steps and questions you need to clarify before starting to draft an application up to the formal and substantive aspects you have to take into account during prosecution. The course is introduced by videos and guides you through the different topics which are discussed at conceptual level and illustrated with practical examples. The course includes tests (quizzes) and assignments. 

You have the possibility to obtain a certificate for this course if you have successfully completed the four quizzes. The certificate will be provided by epi. 

A quiz is successfully passed with a score of 70%. Your results are shown in a review available at the end of each attempt. You can repeat the quizzes as often as you like. The best result will be taken into account.

During the course you can also work on assignments (there are three of them). Note that these assignments are optional and won’t be taken into consideration for obtaining the certificate.

 Course is composed in four chapters: 

  • Pre-drafting
  • Drafting
  • Formal aspects of prosecution
  • Substantive aspects of prosecution

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Target group

The online course is intended for beginners in the profession and for patent practitioner/patent engineers in industry that would like to refresh their EPC knowledge and skills.

The course room where you will find the training material and links to join the live sessions will open on 2 April 2024. After your registration to the course you will be informed about further steps, as the authentication system of the EPO’s e-learning centre has been changed.

Level of expertise
Basic level

Online training

A balanced mix of theory and practice, providing for interactive discussions by means of webinars and an online 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 beginning experience in the profession. A good command of spoken and written English is required.

Technical requirements
To attend this online event, you need a computer or mobile device with a high-speed internet connection. If using a computer, you can access Zoom from your web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Chromium (Microsoft) Edge) without downloading any additional software. However, to take advantage of all Zoom features, we recommend installing the Zoom desktop client app on your computer (Windows and Mac versions available).

To join via mobile device, simply download the Zoom mobile app for your iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play Store. We recommend using a headset to enhance your Zoom experience. Please see the European Patent Office’s Data Protection Statement on processing personal data when using Zoom in virtual events, including oral proceedings by VICO here: https://www.epo.org/about-us/office/data-protection-and-privacy/zoom.html.

Virtual classroom schedule

VCs are virtual classroom sessions (1h) which allow direct interaction with epi experts. The sessions will be recorded and released in the chapter "Virtual classrooms” within the course. 

  • VC1: 10 April, 15.00hrs - 16.00hrs CEST (GMT +02:00) - Chapter Pre-drafting
  • VC2: 23 April, 15.00hrs - 16.00hrs CEST - Chapter Drafting 
  • VC3: 08 May,  15.00hrs - 16.00hrs CEST - Chapter Formal Aspects of Prosecution
  • VC4: 22 May,  15.00hrs - 16.00hrs CEST - Chapter Substantive Aspects of Prosecution
  • VC5: 05 June, 15.00hrs - 16.00hrs CEST - Assignments Drafting & Substantive Aspects of Prosecution

 Application and use of personal data

Please do not use capital letters when filling the online registration form. Please indicate only personal email addresses.

By registering for this event, you accept that all your personal data may be used by the epi and authorised third parties (e.g. EPO) to the extent necessary to provide services or content you have requested. Please note our leaflet on privacy policy regarding the processing of your personal data.  

Please note our "private policy" regarding the processing of your personal data.

Working language

  • English

Registration fee

Participation fee (epi-member)
EUR 350,-
Participation fee (epi-student)
EUR 175,-
Participation fee (non epi-member)
EUR 450,-


For further information, please contact Noreen Osterlehner ([email protected]).

Minimum number of participants

*If the minimum number of participants was not reached by the registration deadline, the event will be cancelled. In this case the epi will inform you immediately.


Event has free slots available

Registration deadline

Registration is open until 09.04.2024 The order of receipt by epi will determine the attendance in case of over-subscription.

The registration deadline for this event (09.04.2024) is over.