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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

"Case Law" epi roadshow supported by the EPO

Milan (IT): 15.11.2019

Starts: 15.11.2019 9:00hrs
Ends: 15.11.2019 17:00hrs


Centro Congressi Stelline
Corso Magenta, 61
20123 Milan


The "Case Law" seminars will provide you with an overview of the most recent key decisions and developments in the EPO’s board of appeal case law. This collection of lectures offers a range of subjects, including procedural and substantive topics, and with a mixture of general-interest and more field-specific topics.

Organised by the epi with the support of the EPO Boards of the Appeal and the European Patent Academy, the seminar also includes the demonstration of a mock EPO Oral Proceedings. The speakers are Thomas Pott and Leythem Wall, who are epi experts, and Graham Ashley, who is a technical and Yvonne Podbielski, who is a legal member of the Boards of Appeal.

The seminar will include discussion of the most recent Enlarged Board of Appeal decisions and other recent significant board of appeal case law, which every patent attorney should have in mind during examination proceedings, as well as during opposition and appeal proceedings. The speakers will also discuss important tactical and strategic aspects that identify how the decisions can act as useful tools, as well as guidance for avoiding pitfalls.

Key topics will include: 

  • Disclaimers; 
  • Clarity; and 
  • Specific applications of the problem-and-solution approach.

The programme will also include sessions on procedural matters as well as a mock oral proceedings.


  • Thomas Pott
  • Leythem Wall
  • Graham Ashley
  • Yvonne Podbielski

Target group

The seminar is intended for patent attorneys, heads and members of patent and legal departments and attorneys at law.

Working language

  • English

Registration fee

Participation fee (epi-member)
EUR 350,-
Participation fee (epi-student)
EUR 175,-
Participation fee (non epi-member)
EUR 440,-


For further information, please contact Barbara Riffert ([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 07.11.2019 The order of receipt by epi will determine the attendance in case of over-subscription.


The registration deadline for this event (07.11.2019) is over.