Maximizing Patent Prosecution Opportunities in Europe: Tactics for Counsel When Drafting U.S.-Origin Applications

Navigating Differing USPTO and EPO Legal Standards While Maintaining U.S. Patent Strategy

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance for patent counsel in drafting U.S.-origin patent applications to maximize prosecution opportunities in both the U.S. and Europe. After discussing each area, the panel will offer best practices for U.S. patent application drafters to protect inventions in Europe without sacrificing U.S. strategy.


When drafting U.S. patent applications, counsel's initial focus is generally to position it for success in the USPTO. Many patentholders also want global patent protection and failing to consider other legal standards can prove detrimental to achieving that end. This program will compare and contrast certain USPTO and EPO legal standards.

Important differences exist between the U.S. and Europe systems, including standards for priority, amendments, obviousness, enablement and written description. As a result, neglecting these differences when drafting the U.S.-origin application can negatively impact prosecution opportunities in Europe.

Patent counsel's planning for European patent requirements during the USPTO process in anticipation of global protection will reduce costs and can overcome a number of obstacles presented by Europe's less flexible approach to granting patent protection.

Listen as our authoritative panel of U.S. and European patent counsel discusses key considerations for drafting U.S. patent applications to maximize prosecution opportunities in Europe and examines important differences between the USPTO and EPO approaches to patent applications. The panel will offer best practices for U.S. patent application drafters to protect inventions in Europe without sacrificing U.S. strategy—and vice versa.



  1. The EPO takes a literal approach to reading all documents
  2. Drafting applications with an eye to potential future amendments
  3. Priority
  4. Novelty
  5. Inventive step
  6. Enablement
  7. Methods of treatment and diagnostic uses


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key considerations for patent counsel drafting U.S. applications when global patent protection is anticipated or desired?
  • What are the significant differences between the U.S. and European approaches to patent applications?
  • What steps should counsel take when drafting U.S. patent applications to maximize protection in Europe?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Rebecca M. McNeill
Rebecca M. McNeill


Ms. McNeill is a U.S. patent attorney at VIVICAR Law, PLLC, an IP and business law firm with an international client...  |  Read More

Jens Viktor Nørgaard
Jens Viktor Nørgaard

Partner, Head of Biotechnology & Plant Sciences

Mr. Nørgaard is a Partner and Head of Biotech at HØIBERG, a leading life-science IPR law firm in the...  |  Read More

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