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Webinar: Got Priority? What you need to know to avoid pitfalls and loss of priority rights for patents in Europe

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This program offers 1 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate. 

Presented by the Patent Interest Group and International Interest Group

Valid priority claims are key to patent validity. Unfortunately, claiming priority is often taken for granted. Sometimes, applicants do not take proper steps to ensure ownership and transfer of the right of priority, both of which are critical for a valid priority claim. To avoid pitfalls in transfers of the right of priority, practitioners should keep in mind that different countries may have different legal requirements. In this webinar, Britta Kley, a seasoned German Patent lawyer from the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich will discuss the requirements and case law on entitlement to priority under the European Patent Convention (EPC), and provide examples of common mistakes made by US applicants that could result in loss of priority rights.

Moderator: Britta Kley

Britta Kley is a seasoned German Patent lawyer at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany.  She studied law at the University of Trier in Germany and received her Doctor of Laws degree from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the EPO, Ms. Kley was a litigator at an international law firm. She joined the EPO in 2004, and the Directorate Patent Law in 2012.

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