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The conference will be chaired on Wednesday morning by Carl Josefsson, President of the Boards of Appeal, and on Thursday by Kevin Garnett QC, former legally qualified member of the Boards of Appeal.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017
08.30 hrs  Registration - with light breakfast buffet
09.00 hrs  Welcome from the European Patent Academy
Jean-Michel Zilliox, Director IP Programme, European Patent Academy
09.15 hrs  Introductory remarks and the future of the Boards of Appeal
Carl Josefsson, President of the Boards of Appeal
10.00 hrs  Question-and-answer session
10.15 hrs  Coffee break
10.30 hrs
New developments in procedural matters (including question-and-answer session)
Marcus Müller, technically qualified member, Boards of Appeal 
11.45 hrs 

Right to be heard

David Rogers, legally qualified member, Boards of Appeal
12.30 hrs
Question-and-answer session 
12.45 hrs Lunch
14:15 hrs Mock proceedings
Chairman: Kevin Garnett, QC, former legally qualified member, Boards of Appeal

  • Member: Bernhard Noll, technically qualified member of the Boards of Appeal
  • Member: Paul Scriven, technically qualified member of the Boards of Appeal
  • Representative: Lucy Samuels, partner at Gill Jennings & Every, European patent attorney
  • Representative: Tobias Bremi, partner at Isler Pedrazzini, European patent attorney
15.30 hrs

Coffee break

Frédéric Bostedt, Head of the Legal Research Service of the Boards of Appeal, will give a presentation and take questions on searching in the database of Boards of Appeal decisions (room 101)

16.00 hrs Discussion of mock proceedings
16.30 hrs Drinks reception
Thursday, 23 November 2017
08.30 hrs
Light breakfast buffet
09.00 hrs Highlights of EPO case law: comments on selected decisions, with focus on substantive matters
Petra Schmitz, legally qualified member, Boards of Appeal
10.00 hrs
Question-and-answer session
10.15 hrs
Coffee break
10.45 hrs Specific applications of the problem-solution approach: a review of some exemplary cases
Graham Ashley, chairman of Technical Board of Appeal 3.2.03
11.45 hrs Question-and-answer session
12.00 hrs
Lunch
13.15 hrs Entitlement to partial priority – G1/15
Claude Vallet, Chair of Legal Board of Appeal
14.00 hrs Question-and-answer session
14.15 hrs
Priority
Tobias Bremi, Second Ordinary Judge at the Swiss Federal Patent Court
15.00 hrs
Question-and-answer session 
15.15 hrs Coffee break
15.45 hrs Conclusions and end of conference

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