AIPLA CLE WEBINAR: What To Do If Your Claims Have Been Rejected Again -- How To Appeal And Win In The USPTO And The EPO

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The seminar will take place on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 9:30am PDT.


This webinar is about different ways of appealing claim rejections issued by the Patent Office. Prosecuting a patent application can be challenging and unpredictable because the Patent Office may keep rejecting the claims based on the references that an applicant finds irrelevant or deficient. Hence, after a few rounds of prosecution, the applicant may decide that appealing the rejections is the only viable option.

In this webinar, the speakers will discuss several options for appealing final rejections in the USPTO and the EPO. The authors will provide solutions for selecting the mechanisms that may meet the clients’ expectations and promote the clients’ business.


Malgorzata A. Kulczycka, Ph.D.

Dr. Kulczycka is a partner at Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP. Her practice focuses on client counseling and strategic patent prosecution in the areas of computer networks, Internet-related technologies, computer software, telecommunications, computer graphics, and electronics. Her computer network and software experiences include virtual machines, communications servers and routers, load balancing, artificial intelligence, high availability network mechanisms, VPN, dynamic DNS-based security systems, real-time distributed data compliance brokers, and cloud-based storage systems. Dr. Kulczycka has published many articles and presented several webinars on a variety of IP-related topics for the IP-community including the AIPLA organization, software companies, and startups.

Eric-Michael Dokter, Dipl.-Ing.

Mr. Dokter is a partner at Viering, Jentschura & Partner. He is a registered German Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney, a European Trademark Attorney, and a European Design Attorney. From 1999 until the end of 2014, he was a member of the Examination Committee for the European Qualifying Examination for European Patent Attorneys. Mr. Dokter focuses his work on German, European and International patent prosecution as well as legal opinions, litigation, and opposition, nullity, and invalidation proceedings. His technical focus includes information and communications technology including 3G, 4G, 5G, IEEE 802.11, semiconductor technologies, internet security, video and audio compression, AI, autonomous agents, E-Mobility, electronic circuits, databases, and the like. His clients include various Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-sized companies and startups.

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