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The Art of European Claim Drafting Training Course

This seminar combines one day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops.

★★★★★ "A professional but also very open and informal approach, easy to interact and ask questions."

7-8 November 2024 »
from £1199

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Course overview

It is crucial to understand the fundamentals and the intricacies of European claim drafting so you are equipped to prove patent infringement and patent validity, especially in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.

These intensive two days will help you refine your drafting skills and master the art of successfully preparing and defending claims according to European practice. You will learn the techniques to achieve adequate protection while meeting official requirements and analyse the crucial aspects of good description, amendments and interpretation to give you the edge in claims drafting.

The in-depth chemical and mechanical workshops will give you the opportunity to apply the knowledge learnt on day one and practise the skills acquired in the safe environment of the training room. There will also be ample opportunity for you to ask the experts your particular questions and find solutions to your specific claim drafting issues.

This seminar combines a full day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops. Attendees have the choice to attend either a mechanical or chemical workshop on day two.

Attendees will benefit from bringing a copy of the European Patent Convention with them.

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

Benefits of attending

By attending this highly practical course you will hone your claim drafting skills by learning more about:

  • Patentable inventions
  • Prior art and inventive step
  • Sufficiency of disclosure
  • The importance of achieving adequate protection
  • The description and drawings
  • Selection inventions (chemical workshop)
  • Functional claiming (mechanical workshop)
  • Differences and compromises between European and US practice

Who should attend?

  • European patent attorneys
  • Patent attorneys in private practice
  • Corporate patent attorneys and lawyers
  • Patent consultants and agents
  • US attorneys working in Europe
  • Trainee patent attorneys
  • EQE candidates

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This course will cover:

Know the invention

  • Know the client
  • Understand the invention
  • Novelty
  • The invention and the prior art
  • Inventive step

Claim drafting fundamentals

  • Clarity and clarity issues
  • Claim scope
  • Dos and don’ts

The importance of a good description

  • Structure of the description
  • Amendments and clarity
  • Sufficiency of disclosure


  • Legal background
  • In the priority year
  • After filing
  • Limitation
  • Opposition
  • Inescapable trap

Claim interpretation

  • Art. 69 EPC
  • Before and after grant
  • EP vs US

International considerations

  • US
  • PCT
  • Asia
  • Drafting a global application
  • PCT applications and priority pitfalls

Chemical workshop - Introduction

  • Warm-up exercises
  • Chemical claim types

Chemical workshop - Further considerations for chemical drafting

  • Exclusion from patentability
  • Exceptions to patentability
  • Parameters
  • Selection inventions
  • Disclaimers
  • Inventive step vs sufficiency
  • Sufficiency vs clarity
  • Drafting to allow for future amendments

Chemical workshop - Claim drafting exercise

  • Invention description
  • Essential features
  • Optional features
  • Examples
  • Technical effects
  • Prior art
  • Drafting independent claims
  • Drafting dependent claims
  • Drafting the description

Mechanical workshop - Preparation phase

  • Closest prior art selection
  • Novel and inventive features
  • Claim categories, technical fields

Mechanical workshop - Claim sketching

  • Requirements of a patent
  • Novelty
  • Inventive step
  • Clarity
  • Essential features

Mechanical workshop - Claim drafting

  • Functional claiming
  • Mere juxtaposition of features
  • One- and two-part claims
  • Scope of protection. How broad?

Mechanical workshop - Dependent claims

  • Claim trees
  • Claim dependencies

Mechanical workshop - Drafting the description

  • Support inventive step
  • Create fall-back positions

Mechanical workshop - Exercises

  • The problem-solution approach
  • Closest prior art selection
  • Claim categories
  • Novelty and inventive features

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Leythem Wall
Oxon IP

Leythem Wall is a European and UK patent attorney and litigator specialising in the chemical, consumer products, energy, material, mechanical, medical and pharmaceutical sectors. Prior to founding Oxon IP, he was a Partner in major European and US Intellectual Property law firms, and before then in-house patent counsel for ExxonMobil and AkzoNobel. He has extensive experience in patent drafting, prosecution and particularly oppositions before the European Patent Office. Having worked in private practice and industry for European and US companies, he has significant knowledge of the US patent system, and how this compares with Europe.

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Joeri Beetz
Keltie LLP

Joeri Beetz, Patent Attorney, Keltie LLP, specialises in patents in the fields of mechanical engineering, physics and control software. Amongst all the different technologies he has been extensively involved in are optical recording, medical devices, agricultural equipment, lighting, displays and automotive. He regularly represents clients in opposition procedures at the EPO, both to defend and to attack patents.

Joeri spent nine years in a Dutch patent firm based in Eindhoven, after five years of working at the in-house patent department of CNH Industrial. He joined Keltie in 2017. During his in-house period he managed a large patent portfolio for a broad range of different combine harvesters. At CNH Industrial, he built an extensive expertise in freedom to operate and patent infringement analysis and gained a keen insight in the commercial implications of different IP strategies.

In 2002, Joeri obtained his masters degree in physics at the University of Utrecht. In his final year at University, he built and tested equipment for testing particle detectors for the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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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

7-8 November 2024

Rembrandt Hotel

09:00-17:00 UK (London)
Course code 14016
Optional £240/€312/$360 per night

  • GBP 1,199 1,399
  • EUR 1,729 2,009
  • USD 1,977 2,289

Until 03 Oct

  • 2 days classroom-based training
  • Optional accommodation - 2 nights 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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* Early booking discounts may not be combined with other discounts or offers. As such, the discounts for 2nd/3rd/4th delegates are based on the full price; and apply only when booking multiple delegates on the same date.

Reviews of IPI's The Art of European Claim Drafting training course

A professional but also very open and informal approach, easy to interact and ask questions.

Nov 2 2023

Kim Hed
Patent Specialist, Jotun AS

Nov 2 2023

Overall opinion is that it was great. Interesting content, well presented, nice speakers that involved the audience. The level of difficulty and complexity was spot on for me, I knew about some things beforehand, but new information was scattered throughout which always kept things interesting.

Per Görts
Patent Consultant, Ström och Gulliksson

May 24 2022

[Speakers were] Energetic and willing to share their knowledge and professional experience. Created a good atmosphere which made possible the attendees to intervene. The speakers always took the best from their audience and incorporated in the flow of the lesson. The content was very well organized to include all the important aspects of EPC and the case law seemed easy to understand. The speakers were very focused and insisted on the important aspects, not only for those preparing for the EQE, but business view.

Rita Noronha
Patent Manager, BIAL – Portela & Cª, S.A.

May 20 2021

Very good.

Mathilda Janson
Patent consultant, Ström & Gulliksson

Nov 7 2019

The course was excellent: the content and the speakers. I will be sure to recommend it.

Mariana Oliveira
Technological Scouting / Patent Attorney, The Navigator Company

Nov 7 2019


Ali Almulla
Director of Innovation & Invention Support Directorate, The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf _ GCCPO

Nov 7 2019

The speakers were both very passionate and knowledgeable about the subject and provided some good insights and personal reflections on the course material. The content of the course was excellent, and the second day (mechanical workshop) was particularly good because learning by doing is more beneficial for my learning process.

Emil Tostrup
Patent Consultant, Ström & Gulliksson

Nov 7 2019

Professional speakers coming from two different technical fields gave valuable insights on how to structure claims. The best part of the course was practising claim drafting and learning how to better build suitable claims.

Nastasia Andersson
Patent Consultant, Ström & Gulliksson

Nov 26 2018

The course is well organised, the speaker (Joeri) is excellent, competent, clear, patient and available to answer all our questions. The practical workshop was really useful. Overall opinion: excellent course.

Daniele Montanari
Trainee Patent Attorney, NLO - Nederlandsch Octrooibureau

Nov 26 2018

The course is really well prepared and presented and the speaker makes it easy to understand everything.

Cristina Rojo Matey
Patent Attorney Trainee, NLO

May 8 2018

A great course, great content, with competent speakers.

Niels Peder Moeller
Patent Attorney, Chas. Hude A/S

May 8 2018

Well planned, nice overview. Nice to have only two speakers.

Eline Van Kappel
Trainee Patent Attorney, VO Patents and Trademarks

May 8 2018

Excellent course.

Elen Margrethe Brendeford
Patent Attorney, Zacco Norway AS

Nov 26 2018

I thought it was a brilliant course that I would recommend to others. It was really good that there were so few people so one could ask all the "stupid" beginners' questions in a closed forum.

Vibeke Bay
Patent Attorney, Høiberg

Nov 15 2017

Extremely well-prepared setup – I particularly liked the interactive approach and the discussions.

Filip Skarp
Patent Consultant, Ström & Gulliksson AB

Nov 15 2017


Andreas Dietzel
IP Manager, Leogriff

Nov 15 2017

I enjoyed the course and felt encouraged and valued in having decided to train as a Patent Attorney. I was given good suggestions and tips on how to approach the EQE exam and, eventually, be successful at it.

Marie Lacombe
Junior Patent Attorney, Yara International ASA

Nov 21 2016

Course was well organised and the content and speakers were good.

Heikki Salomaki

Nov 21 2016

Very educational.

Erika Ermens
Trainee Patent Attorney, Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (NLO)

Nov 21 2016

Kept attendees always active - perfect training

Agnieszka Zebrowska - Kucharzyk

May 12 2016

I thought it was very good. The content was good and went at a decent pace.

James Riley
Patent Engineer, TEVA Runcorn

May 12 2016

It was very good overall, very useful in focusing the mins on the important aspects to consider when drafting a European patent application.

James Riley
Patent Engineer, TEVA Runcorn


  • Acapo AS
  • Bryn Aarflot AS
  • Jotun AS
  • Leogriff
  • Leogriff AS
  • Onsagers AS
  • Yara International ASA
  • Zacco Norway AS


  • Chas. Hude
  • Chas. Hude A/S
  • Chas.Hude
  • Haldor Topsoe A/S
  • Høiberg
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Patentgruppen A/S
  • ROCKWOOL International A/S


  • Arnold&Siedsma
  • Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (NLO)
  • NLO
  • NLO - Nederlandsch Octrooibureau
  • NLO European Patent and Trademark Attorneys
  • Synthon Biopharmaceuticals BV
  • VO Patents & Trademarks
  • VO Patents and Trademarks


  • Autoneum Management AS
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Linhart IP
  • Nestlé
  • Philip Morris Products
  • Sika Technology AG
  • Ypsomed AG


  • Bergenstråhle & Partners
  • Strom & Gulliksson
  • Ström & Gulliksson AB
  • Ström och Gulliksson
  • Valea AB

United Kingdom

  • Cambridge Display Technology Ltd
  • DSTL
  • Jenkins IP Ltd
  • TEVA Runcorn


  • Huntsman (Europe) BVBA
  • NLO
  • Yara SA/NV


  • Sonn & Partner Patentanwälte
  • Weiser und Voith Patentanwälte Partnerschaft


  • Nordic Semiconductors
  • Salomaki


  • BSN medical GmbH
  • Helm AG


  • BIAL – Portela & Cª, S.A.
  • The Navigator Company


  • Shelston


  • Pharmathen SA


  • Mettler Toledo India (GBSI)


  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA


  • Lexia Partners


  • Office Freylinger


  • Patpol

Saudi Arabia

  • The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf _ GCCPO



United States of America

  • Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner

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Typical duration

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  • GBP 800
  • 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