Ropes & Gray Releases New Title on European Patent Law and Practice for U.S. Attorneys

Book published by Bloomberg BNA offers U.S. attorneys insights on securing strong patent rights for the European Unified Patent Court

Mar 03, 2016, 08:40 ET from Ropes & Gray LLP

BOSTON, March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global law firm Ropes & Gray today announced the release of a new book titled "European Patent Practice for U.S. Attorneys."  The manual, written by Ropes & Gray attorneys who are U.S. lawyers and English solicitors, explores substantive and procedural differences between European and U.S. patent law and provides U.S. attorneys with a guide to European patent law, so they can understand the scope of their client's European patent rights, avoid mistakes, and succeed at the European Patent Office (EPO).

"With examples of European patent examination procedure and a review of the substantive law used by the EPO during opposition proceedings, this is one of the few books to address these topics, and it is particularly relevant as the European Unified Patent Court prepares to go live in early 2017," said Anita Varma, co-head of Ropes & Gray's intellectual property rights management practice group.

Divided into three sections, the book provides an understanding of how European patent rights are secured, substantive European Patent Convention law, and common procedures at the EPO.

Topics covered include:

  • What is the European Patent Convention?
  • What is the European Patent Office?
  • What are the requirements for a European patent application?
  • What is inventive step in Europe as compared with obviousness in the U.S.?
  • What is added subject matter in European patent applications?
  • How does one respond to a lack of inventive step rejection in Europe?
  • What is the purpose of Auxiliary requests in European patent applications?
  • How are Oral proceedings conducted at the EPO?

The book was co-authored by Anita Varma and Ropes & Gray intellectual property rights management partners Edward Kelly and Charles Larsen, and counsel Christopher Carroll. Ropes & Gray associate Jamie Liebert, European Patent Attorney Diana Pisani and legal executive assistant Ekaterina Gianiotis also contributed to the book's research, editing and production.

For more information and to order copies of the 350-page hardcover book visit

Ropes & Gray is one of the world's premier law firms, with more than 1,200 lawyers and legal professionals serving clients in major centers of business, finance, technology and government. The firm has offices in Chicago, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul, and has consistently been recognized for its leading practices in many areas including private equity, M&A, antitrust, life sciences, health care, finance, investment management, hedge funds, tax, intellectual property, litigation, securities litigation, government enforcement, and privacy & data security.


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