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2015 EPO-U.S. Bar Partnership for Quality Meeting


May 12, 2015

Participants from AIPLA, IPO and ABA-IPL met with officials from the European Patent Office at AIPLA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, for the annual EPO-U.S. Bar Partnership for Quality Meeting.

  • Participants (PDF)
  • Group Photo (PDF)
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Reflections on April 28, 2014 Meeting
  • EPO Discussion Topics
  1. The EPO's Quality Management Update (PDF)
  2. PCT Matters (PDF)
  3. New Endeavors (PDF)
  4. Cooperative patent Classification (CPC):  Status Report and Recent Developments (PDF)
  5. Developments in Trilateral and IP5 (PDF)
  6. Unitary Patent (PDF)
  • U.S. Bar Discussion Topics
  1. USPTO Quality Initiative and Quality Summit (PDF)
  2. AIPLA's Reply to Federal Register Notice on Quality (PDF)
  3. GAO and DOC-OIG Patent Quality Initiatives (PDF)
  4. Practitioner Perspectives on EPO Examination Quality (PDF1 and PDF2)
  5. EPO Examiners Application of Article 123(2) (PDF)
  • Proposal for a 2016 Partnership for Quality Meeting

  • General Discussion

  • Closing Comments