An International Guide to
Patent Case Management for Judges

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11.3.4 Judicial education on intellectual property

The Boards of Appeal have a dedicated Professional Development Committee, which organizes comprehensive training programs for all board members – including lectures and interactive discussions on various patent-related topics – including with judges from other patent courts. The support services of the Boards of Appeal also include the Legal Research Service of the Boards of Appeal, which provides summaries of recent decisions and comparative studies on patent and procedural law. This ensures that board members are up to date with the latest developments in European patent law. Furthermore, newly appointed chairs and members receive extensive introductory training, and legal drafting and language courses are offered continuously to all board members.