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Litigation-Proofing and Proving your Patent Claims Training Course

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of patent claim interpretation in the USA, UK and Germany.

★★★★★ "Very interesting. The comparisons between the different jurisdictions were very helpful."

5 November 2024 »
from £599

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Course Overview

The law and interpretation of patent claims varies widely in different jurisdictions. Therefore, understanding how patent claims are interpreted in different regions is essential when trying to prove patent infringement and validity in order to protect an organisation’s primary assets. This course has been specifically designed for all patent professionals doing business in a complex multi-jurisdictional environment.

The programme, presented by our expert speaker faculty, will include fact-based scenarios and case examples, with comparisons of the USA, UK and German approaches to claim construction and validity determination. The speakers will provide recommendations for both litigating patents and preparing patent applications to the best advantage.



This course is part of our collection of IP & Patents Training Courses.

Benefits of attending

Attending this course will provide the perfect opportunity for interaction with experts, as well as other like-minded participants. It will also provide the perfect forum for discussing any issues of particular concern in relation to patent construction.

The expert speakers on this course:

  • Explain how your patent claims will be construed in Germany, UK and USA
  • Highlight the divergent methods employed in the three jurisdictions to interpret similar claim language
  • Rationalise the disparate effect of the doctrines of equivalents in the three jurisdictions
  • Compare the distinct litigation arguments and strategies that would be used in each of the three jurisdictions to construe similar claims
  • Illustrate the major claim interpretation approaches with interactive panel discussions of real-life cases

Who should attend?

  • Patent professionals in private practice, including patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Heads of IP, heads of patents and in-house patent counsel at every level
  • Patent engineers and inventors
  • All whose responsibilities include the need to understand the scope of patent coverage in USA, UK and Germany

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The Litigation-Proofing and Proving your Patent Claims course will cover:

Patent claim construction generally

  • In the USA
    • Inherent ambiguities of the all-elements rule
    • Use of intrinsic and extrinsic evidence
    • Counterintuitive interpretation of functional claims
    • USPTO proceedings vs infringement litigation
  • In the UK
    • Court’s approach to the ‘normal’ interpretation of the claims …
    • … and the (wider) scope of protection under the UK doctrine of equivalents
    • Accepted principles of claim construction (Virgin Atlantic)
    • The approach taken to parameters, numerals and specific claim form
  • In Germany
    • Literal infringement and ‘functional’ interpretation
    • Can ‘functional’ interpretation result in construction ‘below’ the wording?
    • Numerals and literal infringement

Doctrines of equivalents and purposive construction

  • In the USA
    • Sub-tests for determining equivalents
    • Counterweights to ‘equivalence’
    • Vitiation
    • Unintended disavowal
    • Prosecution history estoppel and its variants
  • In the UK
    • The groundbreaking judgement in Actavis vs Lilly
    • Does a ‘variant’ vary from the invention in an immaterial way? Or achieve substantially the same result in the same way?
    • Compliance with EPC Article 69 and Protocol
    • UK court’s willingness to refer to EPO prosecution history
  • In Germany
    • The Schneidmesser questions
    • Relevance of Pemetrexed
    • Has the scope of protection become broader again?
    • Relevance of prosecution history

Arguments and strategy: how to maximise the likelihood of a finding of infringement at each phase of a patent litigations

  • Pleadings (Germany, UK, USA)
  • Disclosure (UK, USA)
  • Expert evidence (UK, USA)
  • Trial (Germany, UK, USA)

Comparative case studies

  • Presentations of real-life case studies with interactive panel discussions explaining the often dissimilar approaches that were or would be taken in the three jurisdictions for interpreting specific claims

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Ulrich Blumenroeder

Ulrich Blumenröder is a partner at Grünecker PartG mbB, an IP firm in Munich which focuses equally on both IP-litigation and IP-prosecution. Ulrich is active in all fields of intellectual property but specialises primarily in patent litigation.

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Bradley Hulbert
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Bradley Hulbert is a founding partner in McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, an 80-lawyer patent firm based in Chicago. Bradley has been lead counsel in a wide range of successful patent lawsuits and is an adjunct professor of law at the Chicago-Kent Law School.

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Matthew Jones

Matthew has extensive experience of acting in large scale UK patent litigation and in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Matthew has acted in litigation relating to a wide range of technologies, including electronics, telecommunications, cryptography, optics, mechanical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Before joining EIP, Matthew worked as Senior Counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe. During his time at Teva, Matthew managed high-profile litigation in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, including Generics [UK] Ltd v Yeda & Teva, which related to the blockbuster drug Copaxone®. Prior to working at Teva, Matthew worked as a solicitor at McDermott Will & Emery and at Taylor Wessing.

Matthew has a degree in Biochemistry from Bristol University and a PhD in Biochemistry (specialising in quantum enzymology) from Leicester University. He has written papers published in peer-reviewed journals and the legal press, and frequently speaks on intellectual property and litigation at business schools, universities and international conferences.

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NEW higher discounts for multiple bookings - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate*
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate*
  • 50% off the 4th delegate*

Please contact us for pricing if you are interested in booking 5 or more delegates

5 November 2024

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 14012
Optional £240/€312/$360 per night

  • GBP 599 699
  • EUR 869 1,009
  • USD 993 1,149

Until 01 Oct

  • 1 day classroom-based training
  • Optional accommodation - 1 night including breakfast, checking in the day before the course
  • Meet presenters and fellow attendees in person
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Download documentation and certification of completion
  • Fair transfer and cancellation policy

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Reviews of IPI's Litigation-Proofing and Proving your Patent Claims training course

Very interesting. The comparisons between the different jurisdictions were very helpful.

May 26 2021

Andreas Leijon
Senior Patent Attorney, Alfa Laval Corporate AB

May 26 2021

All the webinar was very interesting. The webinar was carried out very well. Easy to participate. The speakers very good in maintaining the attention of the participants.

Italian Patent Attorney, Eni SpA

May 15 2018

Excellent venue/presentation/speakers. Interactive.

Peter Ten Haaft
European and Dutch Patent Attorney, NLO

May 15 2018

Brilliant course and content. Clear and brilliant speakers.

Cristian Benelli
IP Manager, GEA Procomac

May 16 2017


Joe Gaal
Senior Patent Attorney, Syngenta Ltd

United Kingdom

  • Abzena plc
  • Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • Alison Gallafent Limited
  • Appleyard Lees IP LLP
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Boult Wade Tennant
  • British Telecommunications plc
  • Canon Europe Ltd
  • Clyde & Co LLP
  • De La Rue Holdings plc
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Infineum UK Ltd
  • Johnson Matthey PLC
  • Loughborough University
  • Marks & Clerk LLP (London)
  • NXP Semiconductors Ltd
  • Pfizer Limited
  • Renishaw plc
  • Rolls-Royce PLC
  • Sony Europe Limited
  • Stratagem IPM Ltd
  • Syngenta Ltd
  • Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP
  • Williams Powell
  • Xaar Plc


  • Chas Hude A/S
  • Coloplast A/S
  • DuPont Nutrition Biosciences ApS
  • Guardian IP Consulting I/S
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Zacco Denmark
  • Zacco Denmark A/S


  • AB Electrolux
  • AB Volvo
  • Alfa Laval Corporate AB
  • AstraZeneca
  • Awapatent AB
  • Ericsson AB
  • SHL Group AB


  • Epping Hermann Fischer Patentanwalts GmbH
  • Hoffmann Eitle
  • Kao Germany GmbH
  • Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH
  • Müller Fottner Steinecke Rechtsanwalts- und Patentanwaltspartnerschaft mbB
  • Volkswagen AG


  • DSM IP & Licensing BV
  • DSM IP Assets BV
  • NLO
  • Octrooibureau Van der Lely N.V.
  • Shell International BV
  • SKF BV


  • Cabinet Nony
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • SEB Developpement


  • Datalogic IP Tech Srl
  • Eni SpA
  • GEA Procomac


  • Abeinsa Ingenieria Y Construccion Industrial SA
  • Abengoa
  • ZBM Patents S.L.


  • Institut Straumann
  • Omya International AG
  • Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd.

United States of America

  • Constellation Law Group PLLC
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP


  • Patentanwalt Dr Andreas Weiser
  • Patentanwaltskanzlei Matschnig & Forsthuber


  • IBA
  • Solvay SA


  • Kolster Oy Ab
  • Primrose Oy


  • EGIS Pharmaceuticals PLC


  • Metayage IP Strategy Consulting LLP


  • J K Gadzama & Partners




  • BIAL – Portela & Cª, S.A


  • Scandinavian Health Limited

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  • GBP 450
  • Per attendee, based on 10 attendees
  • Course tailored to your requirements
  • At your choice of location, or online


We can customise this course to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

Contact our in-house training experts Aleksandra Beer and Yesim Nurko to discuss your requirements:

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Aleksandra Beer

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

Yesim Nurko

Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749