18th Annual Conference Overview
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
- The programme is designed exclusively for you and your colleagues, not for lawyers and attorneys
- In just one event, you will hear information about:
- The EPO, WIPO and USPTO
- Tips and best practices
- Any projected changes for the next year so you’re right up to date
- 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
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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
- Anyone who wants to hear about the latest updates, exchange views and ask questions about important patent formalities issues
Programme - Day one
Introduction from the chair
Catherine Van Houten, McNeill Baur PLLC
European formalities update
- A review of the changes to the European patent grant procedure which have come into force since autumn 2018, 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
- Outlook to upcoming changes: any procedural changes which came into force in late 2018 and those expected to enter into force in 2019 will be presented.
Christina ten Hövel
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
PCT update and best practices
- July 2018 recap and 2019 rule changes • Other recent and upcoming changes Matthias Reischle, WIPO
- Effective use of ePCT for filing and post-filing • Best practices during the national phase:
- Ten things that should never happen to you…
- But if they do, what then?
- Interaction with your local agent
PCT question and answer session
Programme - Day two
US update and best practice
- Inventor declaration
- Information disclosure statement
- Impact on patent term adjustment
Catherine Van Houten
The Unified Patent Court – latest updates
- 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 businesses and users
Eileen Tottle, UPC Preparatory Committee
We do not currently have dates confirmed for this course; please contact us to be informed when it is scheduled; or to discuss running this course on an in-house basis for your staff.