The Art of European Claim Drafting (London, United Kingdom - November 14-15, 2018)

  • ID: 4398353
  • Conference
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • 2 Days
  • Management Forum
  • Conference Dates: November 14-15, 2018
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Course overview

This seminar combines one day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops. Attendees have the choice of either a mechanical or chemical workshop.

Attendees will benefit from bringing a copy of the European Patent Convention with them.

Key topics to be covered:

  •  Patentable inventions
  •  State of the art
  •  Sufficiency of disclosure
  •  The importance of achieving adequate protection
  •  The description and drawings
  •  Selection inventions (chemical workshop)
  •  Functional claiming (mechanical workshop)
  •  Differences and compromises between European and US practice

Why you should attend

  • Gain a good understanding of the principles of the drafting process
  • Develop your drafting skills and understand the fundamentals of European claim drafting
  • Successfully prepare and defend claims according to European practice
  • Achieve adequate protection while meeting official requirements
  • Benefit from practical workshop exercises, led by two highly experienced trainers

Includes: Practical and interactive exercises and a choice of workshop on day two

* Please note, events may be cancelled due to commercial or organisational reasons. In this case Research and Markets will refund all registration fees which have already been paid. Research and Markets will not refund any charges arising from the participant having to cancel or re-book transportation or accommodation which he or she has arranged.
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Programme Day One

Led by Joeri Beetz and Leytham Wall

09.00 Registration and refreshments

09.30 Know the invention

  •     Know the client
  •     Understand the invention
  •     Novelty
  •     The invention and the prior art

*Inventive step

10.30 Refreshments

10.45 Claim drafting fundamentals

  •     Clarity
  •     Claim scope
  •     Dos and don’ts

12.45 Lunch

13.45 The importance of a good description

  •     Structure of the description
  •     Amendments and clarity
  •     Sufficiency of disclosure

14.30 Amendments

  •     Legal background
  •     In the priority year
  •     After filing
  •     Limitation
  •     Opposition
  •     Inescapable trap

15.00 Refreshments

15.15 Claim interpretation

  •     Art. 69 EPC
  •     Before and after grant
  •     EP v US

16.00 International considerations

  •     US
  •     PCT
  •     Asia
  •     Drafting a global application
  •     PCT applications and priority pitfalls

17.00 Close of day one



Led by Leythem Wall

08.30 Refreshments

09.00 Introduction

  •     Warm-up exercises
  •     Chemical claim types

10.30 Refreshments

10.45 Further considerations for chemical drafting

  •     Exclusion from patentability
  •     Exceptions to patentability
  •     Parameters
  •     Selection inventions
  •     Disclaimers
  •     Inventive step v sufficiency
  •     Sufficiency v clarity
  •     Drafting to allow for future amendments

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Claim drafting exercise

  •     Invention description
  •     Essential features
  •     Optional features
  •     Examples
  •     Technical effects
  •     Prior art
  •     Drafting independent claims

15.00 Refreshments

15.15 Claim drafting exercise continued

  •     Drafting dependent claims
  •     Drafting the description

17.00 Close of workshop



Led by Joeri Beetz

08.30 Refreshments

09.00 Preparation phase

  •     Closest prior art selection
  •     Novel and inventive features
  •     Claim categories, technical fields

Claim sketching

  •     Requirements of a patent
  •     Novelty
  •     Inventive step
  •     Clarity
  •     Essential features

10.30 Refreshment break

10.45 Claim drafting

  •     Functional claiming
  •     Mere juxtaposition of features
  •     One- and two-part claims
  •     Scope of protection. How broad?

Dependent claims

  •     Claim trees
  •     Claim dependencies

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Drafting the description

  •     Support inventive step
  •     Create fall-back positions

15.00 Refreshment Break


  •     Integrated in the workshop

17.00 End of Workshop

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  • Joeri Beetz Mr Joeri Beetz,
    Patent Attorney ,
    CNH Industrial

    Joeri Beetz is a Dutch and European Patent Attorney working in the Belgium based European patent department of CNH Industrial.

    He has many years of experience in drafting, amending and opposing patent applications in both private practice and industry. Joeri also is an experienced tutor for the EQE exam.

  • Leythem Wall Mr Leythem Wall,
    Chartered UK Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney ,

    Leythem Wall is a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney. He works in the London office of the international IP Law Firm Finnegan and prior to this was in-house IP counsel for ExxonMobil in Brussels. His work focusses on a variety of technologies in the chemical and medical fields including agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals, coatings, foods and medical devices. Leythem specialises in patent drafting, prosecution, advice on infringement and validity and he has particular expertise in Oppositions and Appeals, including representation in Oral Proceedings before the European Patent Office in Munich and The Hague.

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  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • Corporate patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Trainee patent attorneys - preparing short or long term to qualify
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Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Pl,
United Kingdom


The Rembrandt Hotel is located at 11 Thurloe Place, London, SW7 2RS. The hotel’s location in central London couldn’t be better, whether you’re travelling for business or leisure. You’ll be right between two of London’s most fashionable areas – South Kensington and Knightsbridge – within walking distance of museums, theatres, Harrods and Hyde Park.

You can hop on the Tube at South Kensington and take the District, Circle or Piccadilly lines direct to the City of London, Heathrow Airport and all other areas of the city. Look out of your window and you may well see the Victoria and Albert Museum – it’s right across the street.

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