We all know that it takes in average between three (3) and five (5) years after filing a European Patent application to get a granted EP patent (click here).
But that long time does not need to be. If you invest an extra effort, this long time to grant can be brought down to less than a year.
It was only after a meeting with Director Mr. Michel Goudelis, Mr. Marcus Rabe, and Mr. Marcus Kahl – all of European Patent Office EPO – back in 2017 that I got the idea and major inputs for creating a new course for my website.
I have just finished recording the overview lesson #1 of the course. You can find the slides for that lesson on Slideshare (click here) or download them from here: Accelerating Prosecution at EPO lesson #1 260122.
The complete course with seven (7) detailed and comprehensive lessons can soon be found on my website (click here).
And here is my recorded video of lesson #1 for you:
Please watch the full course here https://ip-lawyer-tools.com/course/epo-acceleration-grant-procedure/
The “less than one year” claim does not apply to first filings of EP patents at the European Patent Office (EPO). This is because EPO does not grant patents before a time period of 18 months after the earliest priority date. This is done in order to be able to take unpublished prior art according to A54(3) into account, see https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/html/guidelines/e/c_iv_7_1.htm
Thank you, Mr. Martin Köppl, EPO, for the valuable hint!
This course „Accelerating Patent Prosecution at the EPO” is intended as advanced training for Lawyers and Patent Attorneys. This course is NOT intended for laymen and self-filers.
The EPO operation procedures are fail-safe and intended to prevent unintended loss of rights, even for unexperienced applicants and inventors. By applying the teachings of this course, you deliberately cut away some safety nets. You may incur unwanted delays or even losses of rights if you do not know what you are doing.
Call To Action
If you are a patent attorney and you want to record a similar screencast video for your own jurisdiction but you do not know how to do that, please contact me.
I will help you. Promised.
Martin “Fast Pace” Schweiger