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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

"Case Law" epi roadshow supported by the EPO - cancelled

Prague (CZ): 17.04.2020

Starts: 17.04.2020 9:00hrs
Ends: 17.04.2020 17:00hrs


Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic
Antonina Cermaka 2a
160 68 Prague
Czech Republic


We are sorry to announce that in response to the latest developments regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), epi has decided to cancel all meetings / events in the next couple of months. 

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 Chris Mercer and Mathieu de Rooij, 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.


  • Mathieu De Rooij
  • Christopher Paul Mercer
  • 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 175,-
Participation fee (epi-student)
EUR 75,-
Participation fee (non epi-member)
EUR 220,-


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.

Online registration is disabled for this event. Please contact us for further information.