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Program as of June 17. Subject to change.
Seminar Day O​​ne -​ Seminar Day Two -​

​​8:​00 am – 5:30 pm Registration & CLE Information


8:00 – 9:30 am Continental Breakfast


9:00 – 9:15 am Orientation and Program Outline


9:15 - 5:30 pm 

  • Overview of the PCT System

  • Introduction to and Benefits of the PCT

  • Pros and Cons of Using RO/US and RO/IB

  • ePCT

  •  Implications of the AIA on PCT Practice

  •  Strategies and Suggestion in Light of the AIA

  • Signature Requirements; Agents and Common Representatives, Withdrawals, Recording Changes and Provisional Protection

  • PCT Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Basics

  • Patent Prosecution Highway Programs and Practice Tips

  • International Search and Preliminary Examination

  • Comments on Selecting a Search Authority

  • Tips on Prosecuring Your International Application

  • Strategies for PCT Filing

  • Alternative IP Rights (Utility Models and Innovation Patents)

5:30 pm

Reception sponsored by Patterson Thuente IP

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration & CLE Information


8:00 – 9:30 am Continental Breakfast


9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

  • Entry into the US National Stage

  • Strategies for US National Filing

  • Entering the EPO Regional Phase, London Divisionals, Unitary European Patent
  • Entering the National Phase in China

  • Strategies for National Phase

  • Paris Convention for the Protectionof Industrial Property

  • US Provisional Applications – Risks and Possible Benefits

  • Drafting an International Application as a Global Application –US View, EP View, China View

  • Incorporation by Reference; Restoration of the Priority Right; Reinstatement of Rights


5:00 pm Adjourn




CLE Information


We are an approved provider by most states requiring CLE and have applied for credit for this meeting to all states requiring CLE. The number of credit hours will vary depending on the requirements of the individual state. For 50-minute states, up to 16.2 CLE credit hours are available. Certificates of Attendance, Attendance Sign-in Rosters and all other CLE information for states with CLE requirements will be available at the Registration Desk.


The 17th Annual Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California (a 60-minute state) in the amount of 13.5 credit hours. AIPLA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


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