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AIPLA's Past President's Conference Center 

1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 600

Arlington, VA 

Program Coordinators:
AIPLA PCT Issues Committee
Carl Oppedahl, Chair
Mark Guetlich, Vice-chair
Mary Drabnis, Seminar Subcommittee
Mary Drabnis, McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge, LA
Mark Guetlich, Thomas Horstemeyer LLC, Seattle WA
Ryan Han, Korea IP Office, IP Korea Center, Vienna VA
Michael Neas, USPTO, Arlington, VA
Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC, Westminster, CO
Matthias Reischle-Park, WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland
Jeremy Smith, Kilburn & Strode, London, England, UK
Please Note: There is NO CLE for this seminar!
DAY ONE - Monday, July 23, 2018
8:00–9:00 am​
​Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00–10:20 am​​
​Orientation and Program Outline
Introduction to and Benefits of the PCT
Overview of the PCT System
Amendments to the PCT Regulations and Updates
Picking a Receiving Office
​10:20–10:30 am
​10:30–12:00 pm
Filing an International Application Under the PCT
Practitioner Comments on the PCT Filing Process
Signature Requirements, Agents, Common Representatives, Withdrawals, Recording Changes, and Provisional Protection
​12:00–12:50 pm
​Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)
PCT-PPH Practice Tips
International Search and Preliminary Examination
Picking an International Searching Authority
KIPO as an International Search and Examination Authority
3:20–3:30 pm​
3:30–5:30 pm​​
​Amending the International Application and Filing Informal Comments
Article 19 and Article 34 Amendments
Strategies for PCT Filings
On Overview of ePCT
​5:30 pm ​
DAY TWO​ - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
​8:00–9:00 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00–10:15 am​
Practitioner Perspective on ePCT
Fixing Mistakes and Best Practices: International and U.S. National Phase and U.S. National Phase Applications 
Incorporation by Reference, Restoration of the Right of Priority Reinstatement of Rights
​10:15–10:30 am
​10:30 am– Noon
Selecting Countries for National Filing and Global Dossier
​Entry into the U.S. National Stage
Strategies for US National Filing
​12:00–1:00 pm
​1:00–2:30 pm​
Priority Claiming Under Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of Industrial Property and the PCT
Entering the EPO Regional Phase, European Prosecution Strategy, Unitary Patent
2:30–2:45 pm ​
2:45–5:30 pm ​​
Drafting an International Application —US Perspective
Drafting an International Application as a Global Application—EP Perspective
US Provisional Applications
Discussion & Questions
5:30 pm​
​* Program topics and scheduling are subject to change.
Please Note: Speaker Materials will be posted on line for the registrants.  Paper copies are not provided to participants, please print copies in advance on your own.


Many thanks to our AIPLA Past President's Conference Center Sponsors!