Wednesday 31 March

EPO ViCon Webinar – Examination!

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Start: Wednesday 31 March 2021, 12:30 PM

End: Wednesday 31 March 2021, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Continuing CIPA’s monthly webinar series on videoconferencing at the EPO, now we have covered the basics, March’s webinar on the 31st focuses in on ViCon for examination oral proceedings. Chris Mercer and Will Arends (Marks & Clerk) team up with Emily Dodgson (Abel and Imray) to form our panel of experts who’ll be leading you through from Summons to Decision! Join this webinar to listen to what they have learnt from their extensive experience. Moderated by Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen (Kilburn & Strode), come armed with whatever questions for the panel you may have from your own ViCon exam hearings, or to get ready for your first, to help make your next ViCon exam hearing your best yet!




Chris Mercer, CIPA Council

Chris Mercer, CIPA Council

Chris Mercer joined the patent profession in 1975 and passed the UK Finals exams in 1979. For the majority of his career, Chris was either a partner or a consultant for Carpmaels & Ransford, with a large practice in oppositions and appeals at the EPO and litigation before the UK courts. Chris is a member of Council for CIPA and is also on a number of CIPA committees, including the Education, Patents and Litigation Committees. He is also on epi’s Council and on various epi Committees and was a founding member of EPLIT. Chris is a former president of both CIPA and epi. He appeared as an advocate in a Moot Court event in 1977.

Emily Dodgson, Abel + Imray

Emily Dodgson, Abel + Imray

Emily is a Senior Associate in the Physics, Engineering and IT group at Abel + Imray.  Abel + Imray takes on 4 or 5 patent trainees in a typical year and Emily coordinates the firm’s effort in relation to training of both patent trainees and their trainers.    Emily is a member of the CIPA Education Committee.

Will Arends, Marks & Clerk

Will Arends, Marks & Clerk

Will Arends is a UK and European Patent Attorney specialising in life sciences, predominantly immunology, molecular biology and medical devices and also non-medical subject matter such as food technology.

Will’s work includes providing strategic advice, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, filing and defending Oppositions, the preparation of Appeals, and representing clients before the UK Patent Office and the European Patent Office (EPO). In particular, Will has prosecuted a very large number of patent applications in the biotechnology field at the EPO. This includes cases where he has been involved all the way from drafting the patent application, prosecuting it before the EPO, and defending it in opposition so he has close-hand experience of the EPO’s practice in biotechnology.

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