European Patent Office Event

Would you like to know how to improve the effectiveness of your patent applications?

Dates Friday, June 23, 2017 - Download as vCalendar
Venue Maxwell Centre, JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE
Contact Name Seed Funds
Contact Phone 01223 746800

Event details:

UPDATE: Please contact us by 12th June to have a say on agenda topics at


Three examiners from the European Patent Office will be coming to Cambridge in June to explain more about what they do and how they do it and to address any particular areas which you may wish to highlight.

The examiners are from the fields of:

  • Measuring volume, volume flow, mass flow or liquid level; Metering by Volume (more info here)
  • Investigating or analysing materials by determining their chemical or physical properties (more info here)
  • Optical elements, systems, or apparatus (more info here)



  • Basic principles of the European Patent system; what the EPO is, how it works.
  • The new “Early Certainty” streamlining system (see e.g. )
  • 1-2 other presentations from the following list (as voted by prospective attendees before 12th June):
    • Specific topics relating to the Search procedure (e.g. assessment of non-unity in search, multiple independent claims in the same category, or searching in and handling documentation from Asia and/or non-patent literature)
    • Specific topics relating to the Examination procedure (e.g. assessment of inventive step, clarity, added subject-matter)
    • The opposition procedure at the EPO
    • The provisions and expectations of the Unitary Patent (so far as they can predict, now heavily dependent on Brexit developments...)
    • The “PCT Direct” scheme (see e.g. ) – this could include some discussion of the relative merits of using the PCT or the EP route at the start of the application procedure
  • To close - Opportunities for 1-to-1 discussions on particular issues of interest 


If you'd be interested in joining Cambridge Enterprise for this event, please email and we'll send further information.

Cambridge Enterprise exists to help University of Cambridge inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful for the benefit of society, the UK economy, the inventors and the University.