Videoconferencing at the EPO (RECORDING)
This webinar will provide an overview of how videoconferencing is being relied on increasingly for formal hearings at the European Patent Office – for examination, oppositions and appeals – and how this provides an option for applicants/proprietors and opponents to participate or observe from their home countries. The speakers, from both private practice and industry, will summarize the changes to EPO rules and procedures (including December 2020 updates), and then share their tips and experiences. They will also mention EPO management’s plans to promote videoconference examiner consultations, which have been an effective tool for US attorneys working with the USPTO.
is a UK & European patent attorney and a partner at AA Thornton. Mike spent half his career in industry, within IBM’s IP law department, moving to AA Thornton in 2007. He leads AA Thornton’s electrical & ICT patent team and handles a large computer-implemented invention case load at both the EPO and UKIPO, and has vast experience with EPO oppositions and appeals for a wide range of technologies. Mike has been a member of CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee since 2006, and provides training for UK patent attorneys on patenting computer-implemented inventions including AI and computer simulation. He contributed to CIPA’s recent Amicus Curiae brief on computer simulation for the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, and CIPA’s review of the EPO’s patentability guidelines and its recent review of IP issues for AI.
Director and Assistant General Counsel
Procter & Gamble
is a European and UK qualified Patent Attorney. James provides Patent and Design support and advice primarily to the P&G fabric and home care business which includes well known brands such as Tide, Downy, Ariel, Fairy, Gain, Bold and Lenor. James has worked for P&G for 11 years, starting first in Brussels, Belgium and now working in Newcastle, UK. Prior to starting at P&G, James completed a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Manchester (UK), a PhD at the University of Sheffield (UK) in Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry, and an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Manchester (UK).
Honorary Secretary, CIPA and Partner
Kilburn & Strode
advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.