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Challenging Granted Patents: A comparison between Europe and the US
In this webinar we will compare and contrast mechanisms for challenging patents in both Europe and the US. In particular, we will focus on opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO) along with proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in the US. Comparisons will be made between each of the jurisdictions illustrated by case studies as examples. Additionally, the panel will provide practical tips on how to maximize the chance of success in each jurisdiction.

This webinar will cover:

• An outline of the European opposition process and PTAB trials process in the US generally, including inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR)
• Tactical considerations and approach prior to filing an opposition in Europe or a petition for IPR/PGR in the US
• Discussion of key differences between European and the US invalidity proceedings
• Practice updates from Europe, including the use of videoconferencing for oral proceedings and changes to the Rules of Procedure at the Boards of Appeal
• Practice updates from the US, including discretionary denials and the many challenges to the NHK-Fintiv rule, which may block IPRs when co-pending litigation exists
• Strategy considerations in deciding whether to challenge a U.S. patent versus a European patent

Nov 3, 2021 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Dr Adam Hines
Patent Director @HGF Limited
Adam is a commercially-minded attorney with considerable experience of building, optimizing and defending patent portfolios. Having previously managed an extensive patent portfolio at a multinational healthcare company, Adam is adept at developing harmonized, robust global IP strategies that complement the commercial goals of his clients and add value to their business.
Christy Lea
Partner @Knobbe Martens
Christy Lea resolves high-stakes patent and trade secret disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries for nearly two decades. Christy is also an accomplished PTAB trial litigator having served as lead counsel in numerous IPRs.
Sabing Lee
Partner @Knobbe Martens
Sabing H. Lee's practice includes strategic patent procurement, patent portfolio management, intellectual property due diligence and general counseling on infringement, licensing, international IP protection and post-grant proceedings. Sabing currently represents clients in a wide range of technologies, with an emphasis on medical devices and procedures and materials science.