|Rembrandt's "The First-Timer" aptly|
depicts the anxieties of a fledgling patent
attorney as he faces an EPO Board ...
According to the organisers:
The course has been designed for people who are facing their first EPO Oral Proceedings and are rather apprehensive about it, and also for people who have done it before but would like to learn how to do it better. After some tuition and guidance all the delegates are given a patent and have to prepare and present their case (defence and attack) in a court setting, and also experience what it’s like to sit on the Board [indeed, says Merpel, there may be better ways of learning how to put your own oral presentation together than picking holes in someone else's, but few can be as enjoyable ...].If you are thinking of attending this event, which takes place at the Rembrandt Hotel, London, on 9 and 10 July, you will be pleased to know that Management Forum has kindly offered a 15% discount on the course fee to readers of the IPKat weblog. If you want to know more about the programme you can find further details from Management Forum's website here. To get the benefit of the IPKat readers' discount, just quote code JL30.
Not surprisingly, participants feel that it’s much better to try out their fledgling advocacy skills for the first time in a safe environment, and without clients’ money at stake! The seminar leaders are Dr George Woods, formerly of the EPO, and William Chandler, a current EPO Appeal Board Member.