The patent attorneys are lifelong learners

20039132-imagen-de-un-libro-con-las-paginas-de-inflexion-en-el-esquema-de-color-sepia-podria-ser-util-para-laThis week, September 9th,  an educational event organized  by the European Patent Institute (EPI) took place in  Barcelona.

People from different countries, mainly from Spain, attended the lectures about the opposition and appeal procedures before the European Patent Office.

You may think that you are familiar enough with the practice of the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal,  but you must not relax. You can feel comfortable with all the rules and details involved, but  a modification of a specific point in the Guidelines, a new case of the Enlarged Boards of Appeal, a new Decision of the President will make you to stay alert.

Therefore, it is great to have these opportunities to take a break and spend one day listening to experts and returning to the office with fresh knowledge and even material to look at when you have to cope with the next opposition case somebody drops on your desk.

It is interesting to listen some tips about how to file a “decent” opposition when the client places an order the day before the deadline. What is more important: filing grounds of opposition without good arguments and/or documents, or filing documents first?.

It is important to find out about the pending cases before the Enlarged Boards of Appeal that could give rise to decisions  diverging from the Guildelines and establishing new case law.

On the way home you make the decision of dedicating at least one hour a week – it is not much – updating your knowledge, and several weeks later you realize how difficult is to keep your word. We are so busy that we are looking forward to spending a day again as when we were students, we are lifelong learners!.

Seni Cueto