PCT Formalities [Advanced]
Guideline to the Formal Requirements
- International Phase: Filing of PCT Applications | International Search, Publication + Preliminary Examination | ePCT
- National/Regional Phase: FOCUS - European Regional Phase
- Latest developements: PCT | Euro-PCT
- Procedural Remedies and Safeguards
Aims and objectivesParticipants are expected to have at least a basic understanding of the PCT procedure. The purpose of this advanced seminar is to provide participants with an enhanced understanding of the procedures under the PCT, including preparation and filing of international applications, subsequent procedural steps, time limits, payment of fees in the PCT international phase and national phase entry, with particular emphasis on entry into the regional phase before the EPO. The seminar will also discuss in detail the (limited) possibilities the PCT provides to correct errors and omissions.
The seminar aims to give a practical, in-depth understanding of the PCT procedures. Participants will have the opportunity to raise questions on all aspects of the procedure as it applies during the international phase and on entry into the national/regional phase.
- Legal Assistants
- Formalities Managers
Day 2: 9am - 5pm
- Principal features of the PCT System
- Filing of PCT applications
- Requirements for an international filing date
- The Request form
- Incorporation by reference
- International search
- Supplementary International Search
- International publication
- International preliminary examination
- The demand form
- Agents, etc.
- The receiving Office
- Time limits
- Biological material
- Sequence listings
- Time limits and fees
- Filing of documents, Access to the IB file before publication
- Requests for changes, etc.
- General requirements and time limits
- Requirements and procedural steps
- Time limits
- Remedies and possibilities for correction of errors and omissions
- Early entry into the regional phase
- Late entry into the regional phase
Originally from the UK, Pete has lived in the Netherlands for 30 years. After 5 years inhouse at ASML, he moved to the private practice DeltaPatents in 2007, dividing his time between patent work, management and training in European and PCT law. As partner, he was responsible for the procedures and functioning of their formalities group. He was one of the original tutors when DeltaPatents started training patent administrators, and passed the first exam himself in 2011 to become a Certified Formalities Officer (NL). He was also one of the first tutors to teach administrators at the EPO as part of their EPAC program. In 2017 he left DeltaPatents to start his own firm, Fireball Patents, providing cost-effective patent services to SME's and startups.
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Delegates will receive a course material folder containing comprehensive documentation provided by the speaker, which will be a valuable source of reference for the future.