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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

European Patent Practice and Update on Unified Patent Court

The IIPS is pleased to announce that our October 24th meeting will feature a presentation on European Patent Practice and an Update on the Unified Patent Court by Dr. Christoph Bartels of RGTH Patent Attorneys GmbH (

WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Place: Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP,
1301 Avenue of the Americas, 21st Floor
(6th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd)
(subway stops: F and M at 47th-50th (Rockefeller Center), and M at 53rd between 5th and 6th)

CLE: Two (2.0) hours – New York and New Jersey

FEE: The meeting fee is $30 for non-members or you may become a member at this meeting and enjoy the benefits of membership for the entire season (though June 2017) by completing the membership form and submitting the September 2017 – June 2018 annual fee of $100 ($25 for law students). Fees may be paid by cash, check or credit card at the meeting or pay by credit card here.

Non-IIPS Members may pay in advance by using this link to “pay now”

RSVP: Please RSVP via email to no later than 5:00 pm Monday, October 23, 2017.

Because of fundamental differences of the EPO’s practice compared to the practice in many other jurisdictions with regard to the assessment of added subject matter, difficulties in prosecuting and obtaining patents with a comparable scope of protection in e.g. the US and Europe frequently occur. In this presentation the perspective of the EPO on added subject matter and the resulting consequences for the examination proceedings are addressed. In the second part of this presentation an overview of the opposition and appeal proceedings at EPO and a short update on the status of the Unified Patent Court are provided.

About our October presenter

Dr. Christoph Bartels

Dr. Christoph Bartels, a German and European Patent and Trademark Attorney in the Hamburg Office of RGTH Patent Attorneys GmbH, has extensive experience in patent preparation and prosecution as well as opposition and appeal proceedings at the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. He represents leading companies from the automotive sector and railway industries in opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings. Christoph has earned a Ph.D. in physics and has worked as a scientist for large scale physics experiments, where he was involved in the construction and operation of detector components, simulation and data analysis. He represents clients from the fields of shipbuilding, mechanical engineering, process and measurement engineering, materials processing, building materials, renewable energies, software and telecommunication.

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