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Patent Claim Interpretation - Audio

By Prof. Dr. Peter Meier-Beck, Judge at the German Federal Court of Justice

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This seminar examines some of the many issues that surround the interpretation of a patent's claims in Germany, the UK and US. Patents operate as a breakwater from competition, enabling control of the supply and use of a certain type of information; information that would otherwise be freely appropriable by all. They create scarcity where there would naturally be none, marking out a novel zone of virgin territory that may only be cultivated by the patentee or with their permission. Due to this effect their scope is of critical importance. In the UK, as in Germany and the US, the patent's claims are the key to its scope. They are utilised by the granting Office when considering issues of patentability and by the courts in matters of validity and infringement. Their breadth is important to the patentee as this defines the extent of their proprietary interest, and to their competitors for the very same reason. This seminar brings together leading speakers from Germany, the UK and US to consider issues including: * Article 69 EPC and its Protocol; their form and function * The German approach to claim interpretation; * The Doctrine of Equivalents; * The US approach to claim construction; and * The current UK approach to construction.