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Board of Appeal Chairperson European Patent Office (EPO)

EPO Chairperson Insights

In a series of articles, we will explore how data-driven legal research can be applied to improve client outcomes. Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn and sign-up to our newsletter.

What if you could link your EPO case law research activities to the actual Chairperson responsible for your appeal case and not just the EPO Appeal Board in general?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could know the track record of the Chairperson that is going to review your submission? Such as, if the Chairperson previously referenced or commented on the decision you intend to rely on?

Chairperson Citation Analysis

If you are dealing with computer-implemented inventions (CII) before the EPO, chances are that you are familiar with the decision T 154/04.

In a situation where you want to cite a Boards of Appeal decision, the ipQuants QuantView platform enables you to analyze the citation rate of the decision by linking it to the actual Chairperson.

As an example, let’s assume that your responsible EPO Appeal Board Chairperson is Mr. Moufang. To understand how often the Appeal Decision T 154/04 has been cited by Chairperson Moufang during, e.g. Examination Appeal cases, we apply the ipQuants QuantView Citation filter and obtain the following Citation timeline.

 

It follows that in 2018 alone, Chairperson Moufang issued 6 decisions that cited the case T 154/04.

Reviewing the arguments with respect to T 154/04 in the identified decisions, provides valuable insights into the thought process of Chairperson Moufang. You can also quickly understand if a previous party raised similar arguments as you plan to do.

Of course, from here you can further restrict the results by applying additional filters, such as appeal outcome and specific EPC articles. We will go into detail on the benefits of those options in a future article.

Conclusion

We outlined a fast and simple way of how to prepare a higher quality submission, while at the same time give you the confidence that the best and most efficient case preparation has been conducted on behalf of your client.

To reduce the legal risk for one of your client’s most important inventions, consider integrating data-driven legal research steps like the above.

 

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