/ Dr. Natalie Kirchhofer

CFWebinar Co-ownership and Priority

Common pitfalls, best practices and case law update

Please join us for a three-part webinar series on co-ownerhip and priority on 28 May, 4 June and 9 June, each from 11:00 - 11:45 AM. The three parts do not directly build on each other and you can register for one or more of them.

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priorities, but also this year’s Board of Appeal decision in the European CRISPR/Cas patent dispute, in which a patent was revoked for formal defects in the priority claim.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.

If you already have a specific question on one of our webinar topics in advance, please let us know via the registration form. Of course you will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the webinars.

Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:00 - 11:45

Co-ownership of Intellectual Property
Legal concepts, potential pitfalls and best practice
Erik Schäfer, Attorney-at-law and partner, COHAUSZ & FLORACK

Thursday, 4 June 2020 11:00 - 11:45

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

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:00 - 11:45

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

Host for all webinars

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

Organizational Matters

The webinar will be held in English language. It is free of charge.

Please register here until 27.05.2020. You can register for one or more webinars.
With your registration confirmation you will get the link, the meeting ID and the password for the webinar.

Technical requirements
The webinar is conducted via the Zoom platform. The webinar is conducted via the Zoom platform. For the purposes of data protection, neither the names of the participants nor videos of the participants will be visible to everyone.

Patent- und Rechtsanwälte
Christiane Hering
Phone +49 211 90490-266

The event will take place in the new conference and reception area on the 6th floor of COHAUSZ & FLORACK‘s Düsseldorf office, Bleichstraße 14 in Düsseldorf.

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