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CFWebinar Co-ownership and Priority

Common pitfalls, best practices and case law update

In today’s collaborative environment, inventions are often made in mixed teams with inventors from different institutions or companies being involved. This can create problems, as the law on co-ownership and entitlement is very complex. Our CFWebinar will give you an introduction and update on what needs to be considered when IP rights are co-owned by different applicants. The second, partially related topic of our CFWebinar mini-series is the current approach of the European Patent Office (EPO) towards (in)validity of priority claims. This topic has gained momentum not only in the aftermath of the Enlarged Board of Appeal’s game-changing decision G 1/15 on partial priorities, but also this year’s Board of Appeal decision in the European CRISPR/Cas patent dispute, in which a patent was revoked for formal defects in the priority claim. To many this has been a hard reminder of the potential disastrous consequences of an invalid claim to priority. The second and third part of our webinar series aim to summarize the current EPO practice and case law on claiming priority, and will focus on common pitfalls and best practices, in particular in complicated co-ownership situations. We are particularly pleased that with Professor Haedicke (webinar on 4 June 2020) and Christopher Rennie-Smith (webinar on 9 June 2020), we could retain outstanding external speakers to give their thoughts and insights co-ownership and priority disputes.

Co-ownership of Intellectual Property

Legal concepts, potential pitfalls and best practice
Erik Schäfer, Attorney-at-law and partner, COHAUSZ & FLORACK

Thursday, 28 May 2020

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Claiming Priority Rights for European Patents

Professor Dr. Maximilian Haedicke, LL.M. (Georgetown), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Chair for Intellectual Property Law

Thursday, 4 June 2020

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EPO Case Law on Priority

- The "same applicant or successor in title" criterion of Art. 87(1) EPC
- The "same invention" criterion of Art. 87(1) EPC
- G1/15 (partial priorities) 
Christopher Rennie-Smith, European Patent Consultant, former Chairman and legal member of a Technical Board of Appeal of the EPO; former member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

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Host for all webinars

Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer, Patent attorney and Partner, COHAUSZ & FLORACK

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