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Search and Examination of patent applications in Biotechnology, 2-6 June 2003, European Patent Office, Munich

ECAP II invited 2 officials from the IPO to attend this training course.

Description: Introduction to the procedure, search techniques and examination methodology used at the EPO in Biotechnology. The seminar comprises lectures and case-based training sessions. During case studies, the participants will be divided into groups and will be coached by experienced EPO examiners acting as tutors.

Content: The European Patent Office and the Patent granting procedure in Chemistry
Search methodology in the field of biotechnology
Patentability criteria, such as novelty and inventive step assessment as well as exceptions to patentability, specific conditions
Clarity, lack of unity
Case law and claims drafting in biotechnology
STRAND: Storage and information Retrieval System
Case studies of Biotechnology examination cases

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Last Update: Mon 08 Mar 2004 - 03:06 PM
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