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European Patent Seminar

Hotel Excelsior München, Schützenstraße, Munich, Germany

Know the latest ins-and-outs concerning examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Be updated on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. Anyone wishing to increase his or her working knowledge of procedures for European patents, German utility models or designs as for instance strategic complements or alternatives to patents, should register now for the fourth edition of V.O.’s IP seminar in Munich!

The seminar warrants learning in a relaxed atmosphere and offers ample opportunity to meet interesting IP colleagues to expand your network!

Excellent two-day seminar program

The seminar is particularly designed for in-house IP departments and patent practitioners who want to improve their practical understanding of the European patent system.The essential aspects of this system will be addressed in a series of in-depth presentations by key experts. Further, in anticipation of the unitary patent (UP) and the unified patent court (UPC), we are on the eve of Europe’s biggest change in patent law in decades. How should we adapt our present patent strategies to these changes? And what impact will Brexit have on all this? The European Patent Seminar will provide workable answers to these and other questions. Last but not least, the seminar will also fill you in on the latest developments before the EPO and the GPTO.

Including outings

Part of the seminar package is an outstanding outing program. We will visit Gasteig, the Cultural Centre, and of course the exciting Oktoberfest. Also a guided city trip to the beautiful city of Salzburg and a visit to the famous Hellbrunn Castle and its trick fountains are part of the program.

Seminar fee

The fee for attending the two-day seminar is € 850. This includes: seminar participation, lunch on both days, dinner on 23 September and all outings (Gasteig, Oktoberfest and daytrip to Salzburg).

Accompanying persons

Accompanying persons can be registered for joining lunches/dinners and outings for a fee of € 200 per accompanying person.

Venue & accommodation

The European Patent Seminar will be held at Hotel Excelsior, a comfortable hotel that is conveniently located in the heart of the Munich city center. Of course it is possible to book your accommodation at this hotel, where a special rate of € 325 for a double room or € 250 for a single room per night has been arranged for our seminar delegates. Booking instructions will be provided after registering for the seminar.

Preliminary program

The language used for the seminar will be English.

Sunday 22 September
19:00 h: Dinner at Geisel´s Vinothek (at participants’ own expenses)

Monday 23 September
08:30 – 9:00: Registration
09:00 – 9:15: Welcome (Bettina Hermann, V.O.)
09:15 – 10:00: Tips & Tricks on EP examination proceedings (Jennifer Ebner von Eschenbach, V.O.)
10:00 – 10:45: New Regulations before the Board of Appeal and consequences for opposition and appeal proceedings (Marco Box, V.O.)
10:45 – 11:15: Coffee break
11:15 – 11:50: Added matter – a regular problem before the EPO (Marlon Blood, V.O.)
11:50 – 12:45: Workshop Drafting a European Patent application (Munich Team, V.O.)
12:45 – 14:00: Lunch at the Excelsior Hotel
14:00 – 14:45: German utility model – an IP right with numerous advantages (Philipp Reichl, V.O.)
14:45 – 15:30: German and EU Trademarks & Designs – practical advices from industry (Claudia Meindel, Triumph & V.O.)
16:00 – 17:30: Visit to the “Gasteig”, Cultural Center, Munich
19:30: Dinner at Restaurant “Mona“, City Hilton

Tuesday 24 September
09:00 – 9:45: Update on SPC (Bettina Hermann, V.O.)
09:45 – 10:30: IP Aspects of the Nagoya Protocol (Frits Michiels, V.O. )
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30: Update on the UP and the UPC (Andreas Keymer, V.O.)
11:30 – 12:30: Tactical use of clarity and sufficiency attacks and defences after G 3/14 (Peter de Lange, V.O.)
12:30 – 12:45: Wrap-up and conclusions
13:00 – 13:45: Sandwich lunch

15:30 – 18:45: Oktoberfest – Käfer´s Wies’n Schänke

Wednesday 25 September
08:30: Outing to Salzburg, Austria, by bus; start in front of the Excelsior Hotel
10:15 – 12:15: Guided tour in Salzburg
12:15 – 13:15: Lunch in Salzburg (e.g. S’Herzl)
13:15 – 14:15: Free time in the city center
15:00 – 16:30: Visit of Castle Hellbrunn and its fountains
ca. 18:00 back at the Excelsior Hotel, Munich
19:30: Dinner at ”Zwickl “ (at participants’ own expenses)