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Advanced PCT Formalities Training Course

This two-day programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics with practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

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Course overview

This advanced PCT formalities programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics. It will provide an in-depth discussion of the PCT procedure, including international phase and entry into the national/regional phase. It will give you practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • Latest developments of the PCT system
  • Filing requirements and amendments
  • Correction of defects
  • International search, the ISR, written opinion of the ISA
  • International preliminary examination
  • The International Bureau
  • Requirements for entry into the national phase, including US national phase
  • Procedural safeguards, withdrawals
  • Making effective use of ePCT

Why you should attend

By attending this event, partipants will gain:

  • A detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics
  • An in-depth knowledge of the PCT procedure, including international phase and entry into the national/regional phase
  • The opportunity to raise specific problems and questions and learn from the practical solutions which will be put forward by the WIPO experts
  • Practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of PCT for your business
  • The chance to network with other delegates and share your experiences

Who should attend?

  • Patent administrators and formalities staff with experience of working with the PCT or those who need a refresher
  • All those with the relevant experience who want to gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the formal and administrative procedures required to deal efficiently with PCT applications


Introduction to the PCT system

Filing of PCT applications

The International Bureau as Receiving Office

Signature requirements

Agents and common representatives

Priority claims

Correction/addition of priority claims

Restoration of the Right of Priority

Correction of defects

Incorporation by reference

Rectification of obvious mistakes

Recording of changes under Rule 92bis

International search and written opinion of the ISA

Supplementary international search

Filing of demands for international preliminary examination (Chapter II)

Unity of invention and protest procedure

Filing amendments during the international phase

Fees payable under the PCT

International publication


Entry into the national phase

European regional phase requirements

US national phase requirements

Procedural safeguards for international applications

Requirements concerning the deposit of biological material and sequence listings

Amendments to the PCT Regulations from 1 July 2020

Recent developments


Where to get help


Matthias Reischle (More...)

Matthias Reischle, a national of Germany, is Deputy Director of the PCT Legal Division of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Matthias holds a law degree from the University of Constance, Germany (1993) and a LL.M. in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe, Belgium (1994). After qualifying to practice law in Germany in 1996, he worked as a legal adviser for the International Labour Organization in Geneva. Since joining the staff of the PCT Legal Division in 1998, he has participated in the drafting and implementation of various amendments to the Regulations under the PCT and other PCT-related texts such as the Administrative Instructions, various Guidelines, and publications such as the PCT Applicant’s Guide and the PCT Newsletter. He regularly participates in training courses, seminars and international-level meetings on the PCT and advises applicants and their representatives concerning PCT procedures.

David Barmes (More...)

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.


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This course can be customised to meet your requirements, and delivered to your colleagues at your location or online. For more information, call us on +44 (0)20 7749 4730, email us at inhouse@management-forum.co.uk or contact us below:

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Public course dates

We can deliver and customise this course for any number of attendees, at your location or online. But if you have fewer colleagues, this course is running publically on:

  • 19-20 Nov 2020

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I was impressed with the speakers and there was lots of content in the presentations.

Ann Brown, IP Administrator, Cambridge Display Technology Limited, Jun 17

I found it interesting and clear.

Alida Nicchi, Patent Administrator, Industrie De Nora S.p.A, Jun 17

I very much enjoyed the course and feel I have gained a lot during those two days. The course content was very detailed and explained thoroughly by the presenters. Although it was intense and full of content, it was presented in a very interesting way. Thank you!

Natalia Tuka, Intelectual Property Junior Administrator, Coloplast A/S , Jun 16