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.Management Forum have kindly offered a 15% discount on the course fee to readers of the IPKat weblog, but the Kat thinks it is more likely to benefit readers of PatLit -- particularly those who are involved in the cut-and-thrust of oppositions and have to deal with real live protagonists as well as the Board itself. 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, please quote code JL30 and be prepared to go "miaow" if challenged.
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.