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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Webinar: US submarines and UFOs
Useful, little-known patent and design strategies only available in the US

Online: 22.05.2024

Starts: 22.05.2024 10:00hrs
Ends: 22.05.2024 11:00hrs




The webinar provides knowledge on strategies that (1) enable you to maintain trade secret rights while also preserving important patent rights and to push out costs as well as (2) how to embed several product designs into a regular patent application (US or European) and so pull these rights out in the US when you need them while pushing out their enforceable life. John Moetteli, a US patent attorney-at-law active since 1992, refers in his presentation to the former strategy as the “US submarine strategy” and to the latter as the “UFO design strategy”. John’s presentation has been well-received by top IP firms in Europe and China. The webinar is moderated by Bart van Wezenbeek.

Since 1995, John Moetteli, manager of Da Vinci Partners LLC in Switzerland, has been a practicing US patent attorney, licensed in Washington, D.C., as well as before the US Supreme Court. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center, as well as a master's in business and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas System, with honors. While an engineer, he worked in the R&D department for Heidelberg-Harris and for NASA at Johnson Space Center, where his work was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Invention Series sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute.


  • John Moetteli

Target group

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.

To access to the webinar epi sends out a link and the guidelines for participants shortly before the webinar.

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Registration fee

Participation fee (epi-member)
EUR 110,-
Participation fee (epi-student)
EUR 80,-
Participation fee (non epi-member)
EUR 210,-


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 21.05.2024 The order of receipt by epi will determine the attendance in case of over-subscription.

The registration deadline for this event (21.05.2024) is over.