We were delighted to once again participate in the European Patent Office (EPO) Praktika Extern programme. The programme provides an opportunity for EPO examiners to spend several weeks with a host firm and this year we were very pleased to welcome EPO examiner Michele Squeri into our Engineering, Physics & Mechanical devices and Chemistry, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Departments.
The programme gives examiners and hosting firms the opportunity to interact and exchange knowledge from their respective roles, and to consequently foster a greater understanding between both parties.
Adrian Bennett, Partner in the Engineering, Physics & Mechanical devices patent department commented on the programme:
“It is always a pleasure welcoming EPO Examiners to our firm. The Praktika Extern programme offers a rare opportunity for Examiners and attorneys to exchange ideas and learn more about the issues of importance in their daily work. This year, following the recent inception of our IP Litigation Department, we were delighted to provide Michele some experience of decision making in the UK Courts. We thank Michele for his contributions and good humour during his stay with us, and we look forward to our ongoing involvement with the Praktika Extern programme.”