Friday 26 June

Videoconference Oral Proceedings at the EPO – practicalities in lockdown

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Start: Friday 26 June 2020, 12:30 PM

End: Friday 26 June 2020, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

As the EPO continues to deal with the impact of the current pandemic, videoconference Oral Proceedings (OPVC) have shifted from being the exception to the rule. There’s plenty out there about them (although the opposition pilot is going to be interesting) but the new bit for many people is the concept of attending a hearing from your living room! CIPA is teaming up with the EPO for a quick overview of the OPVC landscape, touching on the legal and procedural aspects but majoring on the practical considerations – ranging from “should I worry about IT”, to “what do I wear?”




Gwilym Roberts, Honorary Secretary, CIPA

Gwilym Roberts, Honorary Secretary, CIPA

Gwilym Roberts advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.

Jo Pelly, Boult Wade Tennant

Jo Pelly, Boult Wade Tennant

Jo has been a Partner in the High Tech and Electrical Group at Boult Wade Tennant for 8 years. She has a broad range of practice ranging from computer-implemented inventions, such as secured software techniques, to physical devices, such as road studs and corrosion sensors. Jo has had considerable success in hearings before the European Patent Office, including a number of high profile telecoms oppositions.

Dr. Nataša Doslik, EPO

Dr. Nataša Doslik, EPO

Dr. Nataša Doslik holds a PhD in chemistry and is Senior Expert at the EPO, working in the sector Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry. She is part of the expert group of the pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference before opposition divisions, as well as of the expert group of the principle directorate PD Opposition and Central Formalities.

Mark Richardson, Keltie

Mark Richardson, Keltie

Mark is a partner in Keltie’s IT, Telecoms and Electronics team with a particular interest in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, IoT, 5G and quantum computing/cryptography inventions. Mark’s practice has a focus on start-up and spin-out companies as well as multi-national clients and he has worked with technology incubators and accelerators to provide IP advice and training to member companies.

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