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 through the issues with the examiner. Many times this helps resolve issues more quickly and will lead to a streamlined procedure.
If you are interested in the whole lecture, you can watch the video recording here (in German; will be online for two weeks): BARDEHLE PAGENBERG IP Academy
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