This 18th prestigious annual ‘must attend’ event has been designed specifically for Senior Patent Administrators. It provides an ideal opportunity to learn about any developments that affect you and your role, to make sure you are up to date on best-practice and are working as efficiently as possible.
24-25 Sep 2020
Newly updated 2019 programme now available
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
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
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Who will benefit from attending this conference?
Introduction from the chair
Catherine Van Houten, McNeill Baur PLLC
European formalities update
European formalities round table
PCT update and best practices
PCT question and answer session
US update and best practice
The Unified Patent Court – latest updates
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.
Catherine Van Houten
Catherine Van Houten has over 30 years’ experience in United States patent prosecution support and administration. She is currently Practice Manager with McNeill Baur PLLC. She has over 30 years of IP support experience, including 18 years in management roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Well-recognized for her knowledge and leadership ability, Cathy speaks and teaches frequently on patent firm administration. She was previously IP Administrator with Venable LLP, working in the firm’s Washington DC office. A significant portion of Cathy’s career in intellectual property was spent with Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, most recently as Manager of Docketing and Intellectual Property Training. She frequently runs courses for patent assistants and attorneys on various aspects of United States patent formalities. She also participates in US Patent and Trademark Office Focus Groups and meetings on Electronic Filings and e-commerce. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Christina ten Hövel
Christina ten Hövel is a Formalities Expert in the Department of Practice and Procedures at the European Patent Office in The Hague. She joined the Office in 2003 and is involved in the implementation of procedural changes as well as issuing instructions and procedural advice to formalities officers. In addition, she has been a member of the project for the technical implementation of the Unitary Patent for the last five years. Since 2015 she has also worked as a Key Account Manager in the Department for Customer Business Development.