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IPO Education Foundation and EPO Day Conference held in Munich

This week the EPO co-hosted the IPO-EPO Day with
the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Educational Foundation. The conference
was organised in Europe for their members, including both US and European

Raimund Lutz, Vice-President Directorate-General Legal/International Affairs, speaking to participants at the IPO-EPO Day in Munich on 14 November 2017.

Held in the EPO’s Munich headquarters, the meeting brought
together experts from the EPO and from private practice in both regions to
discuss and share perspectives on current developments in the patent system.
Plenary sessions on the Unitary Patent, harmonisation, recent decisions of the
Boards of Appeal and an update on the EPO’s quality initiatives were
complemented by interactive workshops on sufficiency of disclosure, opposition
proceedings, patenting computer-implemented inventions, clarity and Article 123
of the European Patent Convention. The workshops were conducted by an IPO
member and an EPO expert and attracted a high number of participants.

The conference highlighted the EPO’s role as a reliable
partner for industry and further strengthened the relationship with the IPO and
patent professionals in corporations, law firms, and government agencies.

The EPO and the Intellectual Property Owners Association
(IPO – a US association of patent attorneys mainly in industry) have a long
standing relationship. IPO is, together with the AIPLA, the American
counterpart for Trilateral and IP5 industry meetings.

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