Wednesday 20 March

EPO Boards of Appeal in 2024: Changes to the Rules of Procedure and Current Approaches

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Date and time

Start: Wednesday 20 March 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Wednesday 20 March 2024, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

In this webinar Dehns’ EPAs Laura Ramsay, Alex Gittins, and John Somerton will cover:

  • Amended Articles 13(2), 15(1) and 15(9)(b) of the RPBA in force from 1 January 2024
  • Some real-life examples of how Art. 13(2) RPBA is being applied
  • Acceleration of appeal proceedings and interaction with UPC cases
  • Current position on Art. 84 / supremacy of the claims/need for adapted description
  • Other recent experiences (e.g. Vico requests)



Laura Ramsay, Dehns

Laura Ramsay, Dehns

Laura is a European patent attorney recognised in the Legal 500 by her clients as being both innovative and practical in her approach. She regularly represents her clients in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings. Laura is experienced in using oppositions as a tactical tool during disputes and licence negotiations between parties. She is a “Recommended Individual” for the UK in the latest JUVE rankings.

Laura handles patent work in various fields spanning physics, engineering and materials science, including medical devices, renewable energy and aerospace engineering.

Alex Gittins, Dehns

Alex Gittins, Dehns

Alex’s current practice focusses on oral advocacy at the European Patent Office (EPO), where he is highly sought-after in the automotive/power/electronics fields.  He is part of a revered team at Dehns having an in-depth knowledge of the opposition and appeal procedure, and has acted as lead advocate for well over a hundred cases before the TBA.  Alex is retained for his specialist and expert knowledge in the more complex and high profile cases, such as those involving co-pending litigation.

John Somerton, Dehns

John Somerton, Dehns

John works primarily in the engineering, electronics and software fields and regularly represents clients before the first instance divisions of the EPO and the Boards of Appeal.

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