Patent Cooperation Treaty: Evaluating the Benefits and Risks, Obtaining International Patent Protection

Navigating the PCT, Priority, Selection of International Authorities, PCT Search and Examination, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance for patent practitioners on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The panel will discuss the system’s advantages and disadvantages and how to strategically use the PCT to obtain international patent protection.

Description

When seeking patent protection, counsel should consider whether the client needs patent protection outside the U.S. If so, counsel may want to use the PCT—the heart of the international patent system. While the PCT is a cost-effective option and provides many benefits for applicants, it has proven to be a difficult system to learn.

From writing the application to selecting an RO and ISA, patent counsel need a clear understanding of the PCT system, how it works, and its advantages and disadvantages to guide clients through the process. The speakers will also discuss recent PCT rule changes.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys provides guidance on leveraging the PCT to get international patent protection. The panel will discuss effective use of the PCT and outline the advantages and disadvantages of using the PCT. The panel will also discuss the selection of the RO and ISA, priority rights, and incorporation by reference.

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Outline

  1. Advantages and disadvantages of using PCT
  2. Writing an international application
  3. Receiving office selection
  4. International searching authority selection
  5. Priority applications
  6. Making changes to the application
  7. Unity of invention
  8. Active prosecution in the PCT phase
  9. National stage entry
  10. Recent regulatory changes
  11. Getting help in your PCT application

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the benefits of and reasons to use the PCT?
  • What should patent counsel weigh when determining where to file the international application?
  • What should patent practitioners consider when selecting the ISA?
  • When should patent counsel consider filing a Demand for International Examination?
  • When to use the Patent Prosecution Highway after positive international examination?
  • When to file through the PCT and when to consider Paris Convention filings in PCT countries?

Faculty

Rebecca M. McNeill
Rebecca M. McNeill

Partner
McNeill Baur

Ms. McNeill offers intellectual property strategy and advises on new application preparation, patent prosecution (U.S....  |  Read More

Jens Viktor Nørgaard
Jens Viktor Nørgaard

Partner, Head of Biotechnology & Plant Sciences
HØIBERG

Mr. Nørgaard is a Partner and Head of Biotech at HØIBERG, a leading life-science IPR law firm in the...  |  Read More

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