Dealing with the European Patent Office (EPO) – An Update and Insights

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The European Patent Office (EPO) offers inventors a uniform application procedure which enables them to seek patent protection in up to 40 European countries. However, the way in which the EPO deals with some of the standard patent issues is quite dissimilar to most other jurisdictions.

Greg Bartlett, a Partner in our Adelaide office, has recently returned from a four day workshop on European patent law, which provided him with a number of updates and insights into the EPO.

At this seminar, Greg will summarise these updates, with a focus on the differing practices you are likely to encounter in your day-to-day patenting activities in Europe.

Some of the topics will include:

  • Avoiding excess claim fees
  • Opportunities to amend
  • The need for more detail in patent specifications
  • The EP problem/solution approach to obviousness
  • The essentiality (or not) of features in EP claims

The duration of the seminar will be approximately 1 hour.

About the presenter:

Greg Bartlett is a patent and trade marks attorney and a Partner of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. Greg is a chemical engineer and has worked as a patent attorney with SMEs for nearly 30 years. Greg’s broad range of engineering experience sees him active in a range of technologies from mining, mineral processing and mechanical engineering to general chemistry, surface coatings, optics and materials engineering.


Date Wednesday 9 September, 2015
Time 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start (Melbourne and Sydney)

11.45am for a 12.00pm start (Adelaide)

Location Melbourne Office – Please note, this seminar will be held at our new office at 333 Collins Street

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Level 16, 333 Collins Street

Sydney Office

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Level 19, 133 Castlereagh Street

Adelaide Office

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Level 5/75 Hindmarsh Square


RSVP By Tuesday 8 September, to Victoria Wild at
A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
This seminar is only open to POF clients and in-house practitioners.  Seminar attendees may be eligible to claim points towards their professional development/education. Please refer to your relevant guidelines for more information.

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