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Course - Art 56 EPC: Inventive Step & Problem-Solution Approach
Art 56 EPC: Inventive Step and
The Problem-Solution Approach
2020-06-16 2020-06-16 Holiday Inn Leiden Haagse Schouwweg 10 2332 KG Amsterdam / Leiden +31(0) 71 535 5555 +31(0) 71 53 55 553

Art 56 EPC: Inventive Step and The Problem-Solution Approach

This course is about the handling of Art 56 EPC: How to deal with inventive step and the problem-solution approach in practice.
Topics
  • Problem-solution approach
  • Identifying the nearest/closest prior art
  • Does the claimed subject matter solve the objective problem?
  • Deciding on inventive step
  • Partial problems
  • Some case-law on inventive step
  • Workshop on inventive step

Aims and objectives

The 'problem-solution' approach is not officially part of the EPC, but is a criterion which has been developed by case law. It is now hard to find a decision of the Boards of Appeal which does not rely on the problemsolution approach in order to decide upon inventive step. It looks easy, but when applied, it should be applied correctly. After the course, attendees will know how to use of the problem-solution approach most effectively.
Who should attend
Are you working in a corporate patent/IP department or as a patent attorney in private practice and need to update your knowledge on Art 56 EPC including the latest case law and its practical implications?

Then this course is for you. Knowledge of patent law is required. Trainee patent attorneys and EQE candidates will especially benefit from this course.
Your speakers
Your speakers
Daniel Xavier Thomas
Former Director, Directorate-General 1 - Operations, European Patent Office, Munich (Germany)

Koen Bijvank, MSc LL.M.
European and Dutch Patent Attorney, Partner, Brinkhof, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


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