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

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, September 14, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

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.


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.


  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


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?


Rebecca M. McNeill, Partner
McNeill Baur, Cambridge, Mass.

Ms. McNeill offers intellectual property strategy and advises on new application preparation, patent prosecution (U.S. and foreign), and preparation and negotiation of IP transactions, and provides the full scope of counseling services. She has a special interest in counseling clients on patent application filing and developing worldwide prosecution strategies in concert with clients’ business goals. She has managed and directed the U.S. and international patent portfolios for U.S. clients and has overseen the U.S. patent portfolio for international clients in Europe and Asia.

Jens Viktor Nørgaard, Partner, Head of Biotechnology & Plant Sciences
HØIBERG, Denmark

Mr. Nørgaard is a Partner and Head of Biotech at HØIBERG, a leading life-science IPR law firm in the Medicon Valley Region in Denmark. He is a European patent attorney specializing in biotech and medtech practice with 15 years of experience, including a period as in-house director of IPR at two biotech companies.

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