17th Annual Conference Overview
The event is very participative, providing plenty of time for open questions and round table discussions with the experts. It also offers a chance to learn about procedural issues and the practical aspects of the EPO, WIPO and USPTO, and how developments at the Unitary Patent Court will impact on you.
To maximise the benefit from attending this event, bring your questions along so you can get the answers and solutions you need.
Why this conference is important for you
- The programme is designed exclusively for you and your colleagues, not for attorneys
- In one event you will hear information about:
- the EPO, WIPO and USPTO
- tips and best practices
- any projected changes for the next year – latest developments of the UP and UPC
- The speakers come directly from the EPO, WIPO, UPC Preparatory Committee and the USA
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.
Who should attend
Who will benefit from attending this conference?
- Senior patent administrators
- Formalities officers
- IPR and legal assistants
- Delegates from previous years’ conferences looking for the latest information from leading experts
- Everyone who wants to hear about the latest updates, exchange views and ask questions about important patent formalities issues
Programme - Day one
09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.30 Introduction from the Chair
09.45 European formalities update
Catherine Van Houten, Practice Manager, McNeill Baur PLLC
- A review of the changes to the European patent grant procedure which have entered into force since autumn 2017, including:
- New PPH partner offices
- Developments with respect to the electronic filing of documents
- Fee changes
- 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
11.00 European formalities update continued..
12.00 European formalities round table
- Outlook to upcoming changes: Any procedural changes that were decided upon which came into force in late 2017 and those expected to enter into force in the course of 2018 will be presented. Depending on the status of developments, this may comprise the following:
- Any updates to the procedure on requesting the registration of the unitary effect of a European patent
Christina ten Hövel
- 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
13.45 PCT update and best practices
- July 2017 recap and 2018 rule change
- Other recent and upcoming changes
Matthias Reischle, WIPO
15.15 PCT update and best practices continued..
- Effective use of ePCT for filing and post-filing
- Best practices during the international phase:
- How to best prepare for nationalization
- Time and procedural issues
- Interaction with your local agent
16.30 PCT question and answer session
17.00 Drinks reception
18.00 Close of day one
Programme - Day two
09.30 USPTO petitions practice
- What types of things can be resolved with petitions, and at what stage in prosecution?
- Advancing examination
- Correction of inventorship
- Foreign priority or domestic benefit issues
- Entity status
Catherine Van Houten
11.00 Refreshments and checkout
11.30 USPTO petitions practice continued..
12.45 The Unified Patent Court – latest updates
- ePetition options
- Petition requirements and fees
Catherine Van Houten
- Provisional application phase latest updates:
- Where are we?
- What does it mean for patent administrators?
- The Case Management System
- Opt out and other key messages for business and users
Eileen Tottle, Head of the Secretariat, UPC Preparatory Committee
14.30 Close of conference