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AIPLA-FICPI Colloquium - Patent Cooperation Treaty


April 8-9, 2003

Hotel Radisson SAS Nice


Tuesday, 8 April 2003


9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Introduction and Outline of the Agenda

  • Moderator—Mr. Malcolm Royal, President, FICPI

9:05 a.m.

PCT Today: History, Status and Projected Growth

9:20 a.m.

Problems and Advantages PCT has for Offices

10:00 a.m. - Open Discussion 


10:50 a.m.  

Why and How PCT is Used – Advantages and Problems

11:10 a.m.  - Open Discussion 


11:30 a.m.

User Needs

11:40 a.m. 

Examination Quality

12:00 p.m. - Open Discussion 


2:00 p.m.

Impact of Recent Changes, Including those Adopted by the PCT Assembly at its September 23, 2002 meeting and since

2:15 p.m.

Impact on Offices

2:45 p.m. - Open Discussion 


3:00 p.m.

Impact on Users

3:50 p.m.  

Impact on Third Parties

4:20 p.m.  - Open Discussion 




Wednesday, 9 April 2003

9:00 a.m.  

Progress so far and Introduction to Day 2

  • Mr. Ronald E. Myrick, AIPLA

9:05 a.m.  

PCT Reform:  Revision of PCT and its Regulations, Merger of Chapters I and II, Quality Control, Contracting-Out Searches, Coordinated Searches, and Other Reforms

  • Proposals for Further PCT Reform

9:25 a.m.  

Trilateral Office Proposals/Comments/Views


10:50 a.m.  

Other Office Comments

Views of Users on

11:20 a.m.  

11:30 a.m.  

  • Requirements for Filing Large Specifications

11:40 a.m.  

11:50 a.m.  

  • Contracting Out Searches

12:10 p.m.  

  • Creation of a Universal Data Base – Problems and Advantages

12:20 p.m.  

Open Forum for Users to Express Their Goals for a Reformed PCT Comments

1:00 p.m.  Summary, Conclusions and Close

  • Mr. Malcolm Royal, President, FICPI