University of New Hampshire

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Comprehensive PCT Seminar

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UNH School of Law, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Presents the 17th Comprehensive PCT Seminar

WIPO PCT, The International Patent System

to be held at
UNH Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
2 White Street, Concord, NH
on April 24-25, 2015.

Welcome  •  Topics  •  Agenda & Program  •  Faculty  •  Contact us  •  Accommodations

Welcome

The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property will host the 17th Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on April 24-25, 2015 in Concord, NH.

The Comprehensive PCT Seminar is geared toward patent attorneys, patent agents, patent administrators, paralegals, and law students who are seeking in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

The one and one-half day seminar will include strategies for using the PCT as part of a comprehensive patent program, PCT rules of practice, and procedures for filing original international applications. It will also address recent changes to the PCT. A new module of the Seminar this year will focus on the implication of the America Invents Act on PCT practice. All sessions will be held in UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property building.

Carol Bidwell and Michael Neas, US consultants to WIPO on PCT matters, will conduct the program.

As of June 30, 2014, NHMCLE no longer approves or accredits activities for the NH minimum CLE requirement. The provider believes this course meets the requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for 645 minutes toward the annual NHMCLE requirement. This seminar is administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has been approved for CLE in New Hampshire and other states in prior years.

Cost

  • General public - $350
  • Pierce Law/UNH Law Alumni - $300
  • Students - $100

Accommodations and Directions

Topics Covered (subject to change)

Friday, April 24, 2015 (a full day)

  • Overview of the PCT system
  • Choice of International Authorities Available
  • Filing International Applications by US Applicants
  • The International Bureau as a Receiving Office — by Choice or by Circumstance
  • Signature Requirements, Agents, Common Representatives and Withdrawals
  • Claiming Priority and Furnishing of Priority Documents
  • International Search and Written Opinion of the ISA
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • International Publication and Internet Resources
  • Supplementary International Search
  • Filing a Demand for International Preliminary Examination

Saturday, April 25, 2015 (a half day)

  • Amendments under the PCT and Informal Comments
  • Recent Changes
  • Entry Into the National Phase
  • Entry into the US National phase and By-pass Continuation Practice
  • Strategic Use of the PCT: a User’s Perspective
  • Where to Get Help

Agenda - Detailed Program (subject to change)

Agenda

Detailed Program

Friday

8:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

15 minute break

10:30 a.m.–noon

1 hour for lunch

1:00 .–3:00 p.m.

15 minute break

3:15 –5:00 p.m.

Saturday

8:30 –10:15 a.m.

15 minute break

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Detailed Program >>
(Web updated 3/31/15)

Faculty

Carol Bidwell, US Consultant to WIPO on PCT Matters, Tucson, AZ Michael Neas, Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration (formerly PCT Legal) at the United States Patent & Trademark Office

Carol Bidwell

US Consultant to WIPO on PCT Matters, Tucson, AZ

Michael Neas

Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration (formerly PCT Legal) at the United States Patent & Trademark Office


Ms. Carol Bidwell became a consultant on PCT matters for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in January 2006. Prior to accepting this position, she had been employed at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner in the Biotechnology Group, a special programs examiner in the PCT Special Programs Office and finally as the supervisor of the Office of PCT Legal Administration from March 1997 until she left the federal service in December 2005. Over the last twenty years, Ms. Bidwell lectured extensively on PCT practice and procedure to audiences throughout the U.S. as well as teaching PCT seminars in Canada, Mexico and Israel.

During her career at the USPTO, Ms. Bidwell was awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for development of U.S. regulations and international standards for the submission of sequence listings in patent applications and a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for developing and implementing the PCT International Search and Preliminary Examination Guidelines.


Mr. Neas’ staff provides training on the filing and prosecution of PCT and U.S. national stage applications to inventors, applicants, patent practitioners and paralegals.  His staff also provides training on the PCT to patent examiners and paralegals at the USPTO and provides direct assistance on PCT and U.S. national stage applications via the PCT Help Desk.  Mr. Neas’ duties also include resolving legal issues involving the PCT, including petitions to the Commissioner in PCT and U.S. national stage applications. 

Mr. Neas also participates in international meetings and projects such as PCT Reform, PCT Working Group, Meetings of International Authorities, Patent Prosecution Highway and Trilateral and IP5 Cooperation.  Mr. Neas has spoken extensively on the PCT to organizations such as the AIPLA, local bar associations and foreign IP Offices. Mr. Neas came to the USPTO in 1989 as a patent examiner.  He became a Special Programs Examiner in PCT Legal in 2000 and took his current position in 2006.  Mr. Neas has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University.    

Contact us

Mary O’Malley
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property Program Assistant
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 513-5246
mary.omalley@law.unh.edu