EPO Procedure and Sufficiency, Inventive Step, and Clarity

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EPO PROCEDURE and SUFFICIENCY, INVENTIVE STEP, AND CLARITY

When:
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Where: 
COC Headquarters (live interactive simulcast)
Hickory, NC 28601
Dining Room D

Corning Incorporated (live presentation)
Corning, NY 14831
Armistead Conference Room

Sorenson BioScience (Axygen) (live interactive simulcast)
6507 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Expert Instructors: 
Dr. Simon Greene
Erik Scheuermann
Mark Scott
Elkington & Fife LLP (United Kingdom)


Coordinated through: 
Robert L. Carlson, Esq.

Program Description:
EPO Procedure - accelerating and delaying Examination - changes in opposition procedure and post grant amendment. The presentation will address the EPO's "Early Certainty from Search" (ECfS) program, including the changes in Examination procedure and how to exploit the program to speed up prosecution. The EPO's recent changes in opposition procedure (also part of the ECfS program) and opportunities for amendment after grant will also be discussed.

“Sufficiency, inventive step and clarity, the providing the best data to support your application at the EPO"
The presentation will address the EPO’s approach to the questions sufficiency and inventive step, as well as the use of “results to be achieved” features. In particular, the presentation will address the differences in the type of objection that will be encountered for different technical fields and how objections can be avoided before the EPO. Furthermore, the presentation will demonstrate the often conflicting requirements of clarity, sufficiency and inventive step and triangle of tension resulting therefrom.

Registration Information: 
All participants must be registered for the program. Seating is limited and registration is required. Registration for the program closes on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. To register call 607.974.0665 or 828.901.6998, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CLE Information:
North Carolina participants are invited to join by live fully-interactive audio and visual simulcast teleconference accompanied with Outlook Online Meeting in a classroom setting. Accreditation for 1.5 CLE "General" credit hours will be applied for through the NC State Bar Continuing Legal Education Board. Attendance is confirmed both visually and by sign-in/sign-out sheet. There must always be more than one (1) attorney attending the Hickory classroom presentation.

New York participants are invited to join this live presentation, located at Corning, NY, in a classroom setting. This course is appropriate for both newly-admitted and experienced New York attorneys and has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE “Skills” credit hours. Attendance is confirmed both visually and by sign-in/sign-out sheet.

Utah participant is invited to join by live fully-interactive audio and visual simulcast teleconference presentation, accompanied with Outlook Lync Online Meeting in a classroom setting. This course is appropriate for experienced New York attorneys and has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 CLE “Skills” credit hours. Attendance is confirmed both visually and by sign-in/sign-out sheet.

Throughout the entire course, NC, UT, and NY will be able to (1) participate in live interactive discussions, (2) visually see each other in their respective conference room, and (3) view the live PowerPoint presentation as presented by Dr. Simon Greene, Erik Scheuermann, and Mark Scott from the law firm of Elkington and Fife, LLC. Each conference room location will have a sign-in/sign-out sheet and evaluation forms. The evaluation forms must be completed at the end of the course prior to departing the classroom and submitted to the CLE coordinator.

There is no fee for this course.

NO FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM DURING THE PROGRAM PRESENTATION.