Annual Conference for Senior Patent Administrators

On the agenda this year:
- European Patent Formalities Update
- The Unified Patent and the Unified Patent Court
- US Patent Formalities
- PCT Update.

27-28 Sep 2018

GBP 999 799 *
EUR 1,399 1,119 *
USD 1,558 1,246 *
* When you book before 31 May

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16th Annual Conference Overview

This annual ‘must attend’ event is designed exclusively for you and your colleagues, not for attorneys. It is an ideal opportunity to learn from speakers who come directly from the EPO, WIPO and the USA about the latest developments that affect you as a Senior Patent Administrator. It will help you understand how recent changes at the EPO, WIPO, USPTO and the Unitary Patent Court will impact your role. This event provides plenty of time for questions and round table discussions with the experts, so you can get the answers and solutions you need to help you work more efficiently.

At the end of day one you are invited to a drinks reception where you can network with other delegates, and share your experiences and views on important patent formalities issues


More about RWS here.

Why you should attend

The programme is designed exclusively for you and your colleagues, not for attorneys

  • In one event you will hear about:
    • the latest rule changes from the EPO, WIPO and USPTO
    • recent developments
    • projected changes for the next year
    • latest developments of the UP and UPC
  • The speakers come directly from the EPO, WIPO, UPC Prepartory Committee and the USA

Who should attend

  • Senior patent administrators
  • Formalities managers
  • IPR and legal assistants
  • Paralegals
  • Delegates from previous years’ conferences
  • Everyone who wants to hear the latest updates, and to exchange views on important patent formalities matters

Programme - Day one

09.00 Registration and refreshments

09.30 Introduction from the Chair
Catherine Van Houten, IP Administrator, Venable LLP

09.45 European formalities update

  • A review of the changes to the European patent grant procedure which have entered into force since autumn 2016, including:
    • Provisional opinion accompanying partial search results
    • New PPH partner offices
    • Developments with respect to the electronic filing of documents
  • Both major and minor changes will be covered, with an assessment of their impact on patent administrators’ daily practice
    Christina ten Hövel, European Patent Office

10.45 Refreshments

*11.00 European formalities update continued..

  • Outlook to upcoming changes: Any procedural changes that were decided upon which came into force in late 2016 and those expected to enter into force in the course of 2017 will be presented. Depending on the status of developments, this may comprise the following topics:
    • Revised arrangements for deposit accounts (ADA)
    • Any updates to the procedure on requesting the registration of the unitary effect of a European patent
      Christina ten Hövel

12.00 European formalities round table

  • An opportunity to share your experiences with the EPO and to discuss approaches and solutions for dealing with the system
    Catherine Van Houten and Christina ten Hövel

12.30 Lunch

13.45 PCT update and best practices

  • July 2017 rule changes
  • Other recent and upcoming changes
    Matthias Reischle, WIPO

15.00 Refreshments

15.15 PCT update and best practices continued

  • Effective use of ePCT for filing and post-filing
  • Best practices during the international phase
    • Correction of defects
    • Withdrawals
    • Amendments
      Matthias Reischle

16.30 PCT question and answer session
Matthias Reischle

17.00 Drinks reception

18.00 Close of day one

Programme - Day two

09.00 Refreshments

09.30 US patent formalities update

  • PCT US national phase
    • Timing and deadlines
    • Formal requirements
    • Information disclosure statement
      Catherine Van Houten

11.00 Refreshments and checkout

11.30 US patent formalities update continued..

  • US patent family options: continuing applications – Types: Continuation, Divisional, Continuation-in part
    • Bypass continuation (from PCT)
    • Deadlines for filing
    • Formal requirements
    • Information disclosure statement
      Catherine Van Houten

12.45 The Unified Patent Court

  • Provisional application phase, where are we and what does it mean for me?
  • The Case Management System
  • Opt out and other key messages for business and users Eileen Tottle, Head of the Secretariat, UPC Preparatory Committee

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Close of conference

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27-28 Sep 2018
27-28 Sep 2018 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 999.00
EUR 1,399.00
USD 1,558.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
GBP 799.00
EUR 1,119.00
USD 1,246.00
Until 31 May
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