Most Canadian patent practitioners draft patent applications that will eventually be prosecuted before the European Patent Office (EPO). As such, it is important for Canadian patent practitioners to understand the nuances of EPO patent practice to improve the chances of obtaining the broadest patent protection for their clients in Europe. One example that often comes to mind is the EPO’s strict rules on amendments and added matter during prosecution, which can be very frustrating for Canadian patent practitioners and their clients.
This webinar will:
- provide an overview of the legal basis and test applied by the EPO in respect of added subject matter;
- assist Canadian patent practitioners in drafting strong patent applications that will survive the strict support requirements of the EPO;
- discuss the recent G 2/21 decision from the Enlarged Board of Appeals on the requirement of “plausibility” for Europe and how this relates to sufficiency and inventive step; and
- touch upon different issues regarding the Unitary Patent System, including timelines and the jurisdiction of the Unitary Patent Court (UPC), Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPCs), and the cost implications thereof.