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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Webinar: Collaboration with overseas patent colleagues from Australia and New Zealand

Online: 16.11.2022

Starts: 16.11.2022 10:00hrs
Ends: 16.11.2022 11:00hrs




"Collaboration with overseas patent colleagues"

In the practice of a patent attorney, it is important to cooperate with colleagues in other countries. Whereas European patent attorneys are generally most knowledgeable about the European and perhaps the national patent systems, it is necessary for them to have some knowledge of the practice in countries in which their clients also want to obtain patent protection. Further, overseas colleagues may have clients that want to obtain European patents, for which these overseas colleagues use European patent attorneys to act as a local patent agent.

There are many reasons why Australia and New Zealand are commercially attractive destinations for protecting intellectual property.  Of significance, is the stability and similarities between of the legal regimes in both countries.

In recent years, the patent laws in both Australia and New Zealand have evolved and to become increasingly aligned with patent laws in jurisdictions such as Europe and the US.  There are, nevertheless, notable differences.  This webinar provides an overview of the patent systems in Australia and New Zealand, highlighting differences and including best-practice recommendations. 

Dr Chris Vindurampulle is patent and trade mark attorney at Pearce IP, which is an Australian boutique IP law firm.  Chris is registered to practice before the intellectual property offices of Australia and New Zealand, and he is experienced in all facets of attorney work including patent drafting, patent and trade mark prosecution and opposition, and freedom to operate, opinion and due diligence work.  Having spent over 15 years in the profession, Chris has gained broad and significant experience with life science technologies including pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, diagnostics, methods of medical treatment and prevention, agritechnology and food-technology. Additionally, Chris has been recognised as a leading patent practitioner by IAM Patent 1000 and Managing IP.

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Target group

The webinar series is only for epi Members and epi Students.

Level of expertise
Intermediate level

Online training

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 webinar, epi uses Zoom. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. In order to make full use of the webinar session, we recommend to use headsets.

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Working language

  • English


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


Event has free slots available

Registration deadline

Registration is open until 15.11.2022 The order of receipt by epi will determine the attendance in case of over-subscription.

The registration deadline for this event (15.11.2022) is over.