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A new edition has been published, the details can be seen here:
C-Book: How to Write a Successful Opposition and Pass Paper C of the European Qualifying Examination 5th ed isbn 9783452287410

C-Book: How to Write a Successful Opposition and Pass Paper C of the European Qualifying Examination 4th ed

Edited by: William E. Chandler, Hugo Meinders

ISBN13: 9783452279156
New Edition ISBN: 9783452287410
Previous Edition ISBN: 9783452273635
Published: August 2013
Publisher: Carl Heymanns Verlag KG
Country of Publication: Germany
Format: Paperback, A4
Price: Out of print

This book is a practical guide for candidates on how to tackle the opposition paper C of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE), one of the more difficult papers judging by the overall results.

It also provides qualified European patent attorneys with useful information on how to write, or defend against, an opposition, in particular the general practice at the EPO regarding the analysis of documents and possible approaches for drafting novelty and inventive step objections.

The book tackles the problems of time-management, claim and document analysis, choosing the correct attacks and the argumentation required in the notice of opposition in the context of two alternative methodologies for solving paper C; one using the well-known table with claim features and prior art documents, and a »new« method with a written analysis of each claim on sheets of paper.

Further chapters describe the important topics of priority, interpretation, state of the art, inventive step, added subject-matter and ranges. For each topic, the authors first give references to relevant legal sources, then they explain the topic from the point of view of opposition/paper C, and finally they give examples from past papers.

Throughout the book, the authors point out the interconnections between these topics, the methodologies and the argumentation required in the notice of opposition, especially for inventive step attacks. The book also includes a collection of the legal points that have come up in past papers, sorted by theme. The appendices contain a worked example of paper C 1999 as well as useful templates for candidates, including a notice of opposition in English, French and German.

Intellectual Property Law
Objects of the claims and their priority
Interpretation and analysis
State of the Art
Inventive State
Added Subject-Matter
Client's Questions
Assessing your own Paper
Methodology Example C 2010
Methodik Beispiel C 2010
Méthodologie Exemple C 2010
Notice of opposition and answer client's questions C 2010
Einspruchsschrift und Antwort auf die Mandantenfragen C 2010
Acte d'opposition et résponses aux questions du client C2010
Example notice of opposition
Beispiel für eine Einspruchsschrift
Exemple d'acte d'opposition
Matrix claims-attacks template (EPC 1973)
Matrix claims-attacks template (EPC 2000)
Matrix recording technique template
References to frequently required legal authorities