Software patents for emerging tech since 2008

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 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

About Bastian Best

Bastian Best

I'm a European patent attorney specializing in software patents and a partner in one of the most renowned IP only firms in Europe.

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