David Barmes, a national of Australia, is Head of the PCT Legal Publication Section (PCT Legal Division) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). David holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland, Australia (1985). David joined WIPO in 1987 as a general staff member, and moved to PCT Operations in 1989, where he worked first as a Formalities Examiner, moving through a number of other roles, until becoming manager of one of WIPO’s PCT Examination Sections. In 2002, David transferred to the PCT Legal Division, initially as Senior Program Officer (working principally on the PCT Applicant’s Guide), and subsequently to his current position managing PCT legal publications. The responsibilities that David holds at WIPO include the up-to-date, and official, publication of the PCT and Regulations under the PCT, the Official Notices (PCT Gazette), the Administrative Instructions under the PCT, the Receiving Office Guidelines and the International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines.
Advanced PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Formalities Training Course