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EPO Update #1: Novelty and Inventive Step at the EPO - How to Provide Convincing Arguments Followed by a Virtual Happy Hour.

  • 25 Jan 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Virtual via Zoom


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What is the EPO looking for?  Dr. Sackin and another EPO attorney will address tricky novelty and inventive step issues such as implicit disclosure; accidental disclosure; novelty only citations (Art 54(3)); the problem and solution approach in inventive step; common general knowledge, the skilled person.  Dr. Sackin will discuss useful arguments based on the prior art documents and arguments based on advantages provided by the invention.

Presented by:

Robert Sackin advises on a broad range of patent issues with a particular focus on computer-implemented inventions.

Robert has 20 years’ experience in patenting inventions for his clients in a wide range of technologies reflecting his background in engineering and physics.

One focus of his practice is on drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to computer implemented inventions including electronic trading systems used by the world’s largest banks, consumer electronics, set-top box technology, telecommunication systems, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. Currently, digital healthcare is a particular focus often working with colleagues in our life sciences team reflecting the strong cross-disciplinary nature of this exciting and expanding sector.

Another focus has been in technologies with both a mechanical and electrical or electronic aspect including various fields of wind turbine technology, lasers, medical devices, various aspects of smart phone technology including displays and actuators, data centre construction and antennas for mobile telecommunication networks, as well as purely mechanical technology such as car park design and vehicle suspension systems.

Robert has extensive experience of the US patent system reflecting the importance of the US as a marketplace for many of his clients and the broad range of inventions that can be protected there.

Robert has directly advised clients of all sizes on a broad range of patent issues. He has advised on the initial steps in filing patent applications for individual inventors and small companies, as well as drafting and prosecuting patent applications and preparing freedom-to-operate reports for large multi nationals with large, worldwide patent portfolios. Robert regularly represents clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal procedures. Robert also advises overseas patent attorneys, mainly in the US and China, in particular on the subtleties of patenting computer-implemented inventions at the European Patent Office and in the UK.

His commercial experience includes several months spent working for Nippon Steel in Japan.

The Zoom link will be included in the event registration email.

2.0 CLE credits have been applied for.

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