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Annual Conference for Senior Patent Administrators

This 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 and make sure you are up to date on best practice and are working as efficiently as possible.

24-25 Sep 2020

GBP 999
EUR 1,399
USD 1,558

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19th Annual Conference Overview

Newly updated 2020 outline programme now available (see below) – including new Effective nationalisation of your PCT application in China, Korea and Japan as requested by previous delegates

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.

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 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
  • Paralegals
  • 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 2019, 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 2019 and those expected to enter into force in 2020 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 2019 recap and 2020 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
      Matthias Reischle

PCT question and answer session
Matthias Reischle

Drinks reception

Programme – day two

US update and best practice

  • Formalities
    • Inventor declaration
    • Assignment
  • Information disclosure statement
    • Requirements
    • Timing
    • Impact on patent term adjustment
      Catherine Van Houten
Effective nationalisation of your PCT application in China, Korea and Japan
  • Meeting the basic requirements
  • Best practice tips
    Matthias Reischle


Matthias Reischle

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.

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24-25 Sep 2020
24-25 Sep 2020 Rembrandt Hotel, London GBP 999.00
EUR 1,399.00
USD 1,558.00
+ VAT @ 20.00%
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The course was as good as I have heard before.

Heli Laine, IP Specialist, BERGGREN OY, Sep 19

Very good course: interesting content and the speakers were good at presenting their respective topics.

Susanne Dietz Elmstrom, Patent Administrator, Inspicos A/S, Sep 19

I really like that the course is specifically designed for senior patent paralegals who are are looking for courses that focus on updates, rather than general courses that explain patent proceedings to 'newcomers'.

Kenneth Van Calster, EU Patent Paralegal, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Sep 19

A few days spent learning and interacting with other patent administrators. What a lovely way to learn and progress – thank you, Management Forum.

Jennifer Brizec, Patent Administrator, Danone Research, Sep 19

I am very satisfied with the entire course. Content was interesting and very well explained by the speakers, who are excellent. Each of them animated their course with such a professionalism and enthusiasm that I was surprised when it was time for a break! Being able to talk with them afterwards and to have your suggestions taken into account is very valuable.

Ana Druzinec, Senior Patent and Trademark Paralegal, PETOSEVIC, Sep 19

The content addressed the main topics on patent proceedings and the speakers were very experienced and gave a good practical approach on the topics.

Melissa Medina, Patent Assistant, Bavarian Nordic AS, Sep 19

A good course with a very good and enthusiastic speaker team. Many relevant questions from the audience and good feedback from the speakers to all questions.

Tessie Ottesen Appel, Patent Administrator, Inspicos P/S, Sep 19

I felt the speakers were very good, helpful and answered any questions we had. I really enjoyed the session regarding US law as this isn't usually covered in other conferences.

Rebecca Wheeler, Senior Paralegal, Murgitroyd & Company Limited, Sep 19

Very knowledgeable speakers, with "hands-on" experience.

Maria Malmgren, IP Specialist, Amadeus s.a.s., Sep 18

I liked the atmosphere, excellent location, very good and entertaining speakers and much opportunity to meet the other people.

Marlieke Ariaans, Formalities Officer , HGF Limited, Sep 18

Excellent speakers, excellent course! I will recommend that someone from our company participates each year.

Inkeri Kettunen, IP Assistant, Assistant Coordinator, Berggren Oy, Sep 18

All the speakers were informative and engaging and I found the conference very relevant to my role. The conference was also very informative as to upcoming changes to look out for.

Emma Blakelock, Patent Administrator, Johnson Matthey PLC, Sep 18

I liked the course: the speakers were so professional and the content was interesting.

Tuuli Hartikainen, IP Assistant, Berggren Oy Tampere, Sep 18

I loved Catherine Van Houten and Mathias Reischle. They were very professional, but also very fun, made the presentation very interesting and knew what they were talking about. I was very happy to attend this course. The speakers were really good, the content was interesting and the professionalism of everybody involved made the whole experience very useful and enjoyable.

Mary Jane Mollstätter, Paralegal, Ponti & Partners, SLP, Sep 18

All very good

Maria Burkes, Paralegal, BAE Systems Plc, Sep 17