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Blockchain for IP registers [presentation slides]


I was talking about possible blockchain applications for IP registers at the IP Executive Week recently (see here and here). It’s an event organized by the EPO and EUIPO where management level staff of international IP offices met in Munich to learn about the technological and organizational challenges of the future. For the interested, here are my presentation slides: I tried to make this more...

Always double check the publication date


I had it once before in my 10 years working as a patent attorney, and for the second time yesterday: The patent examiner cites a patent application as prior art that actually isn’t prior art. In yesterday’s case, the application had already been rejected by the examination division. We managed to reverse the rejection on appeal, and the board of appeal had remitted the case back to...

The hardships of attorney marketing


Just like every year in springtime, I revamped my professional profile on my firm‘s website (and you should probably do so, too!).
The hardest part for me was formulating a clever quote/motto. Well, this is what I came up with:
„It‘s not about being right, but about getting the best result.“
What are your thoughts? Tell me your first association in the comments below!

Pick up the phone and call the patent examiner!


It was great discussing with an EPO examiner live on stage at yesterday’s BARDEHLE IP Academy. The topic was “patent prosecution best practises from the point of view of a patent attorney and patent examiner”. One of my key takeaways: We are all human (yes, both patent attorneys and examiners) and everybody basically just wants to make a good job. Pick up the phone more often and talk...

If you could ask an EPO examiner one thing…


I’m just preparing my slides for Wednesday’s lecture at my firm‘s IP Academy (it’s a regular lecture series covering all aspects of intellectual property). I will be talking with an EPO examiner about patent prosecution best practices. I will try to tease out as many behind-the-scenes insights as possible from the EPO examiner. Do you have any pressing questions I should... Software patents for emerging tech since 2008