2021 PCT Seminar Web Series

July 12 to August 2, 2021


Online - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, ET on 4 consecutive Mondays: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2


Fee: Members: $195 / Non-Members $495 Students $35

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2021 Virtual Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar

This live, multi-day webinar series offers a deeper “nuts and bolts” introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty. Learn about recent updates and frequently performed tasks, tools and resources, strategies, and best practices.

The program is focused primarily on the important PCT work carried out by paralegals, paralegal managers, and legal staff. Because attorneys are ultimately responsible for instructing staff and the work they perform, the Webinar welcomes and encourages attorney attendance. Webinar materials and discussions have proven to be helpful to all attendees, including attorneys, paralegals, patent agents, portfolio managers, and administrative assistants.

Program Topics:

Week One
Overview of the PCT System
Priority Claiming Under the Paris Convention and the PCT
Incorporation by Reference, Restoration of the Right of Publicity, Reinstatement of Rights
ePCT Overview and Live Demo
Strategies: Effective use of ePCT

Week Two
Filing International Application under PCT
Strategies: Choosing a Receiving Office
Signature Requirements, Agents, Common Representatives, Withdrawals, and Recording Changes

Week Three
Amending an International Application
Strategies: Amending Under Art. 19 and Art. 34
Fixing Mistakes and Best Practices: International and US National Phase and US National Phase Applications
Entry Into the National Stage
Strategies: National Phase Entry Considerations

Week Four
PCT Regulations Changes, Updates, Near-Future Plans
International Work Sharing and Cooperative Programs


  • drabnis_mary_thumb Drabnis, Mary

    McGlinchey Stafford | Of Counsel

    Dr. Mary Drabnis prepares and prosecutes patents, handles patent appeals, and has handled patent interferences before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with a focus on the chemical arts and the mechanical arts. Mary currently serves as the Chair of AIPLA's Patent Cooperation Treaty Issues Committee.
  • Bardini, Ann Bardini, Ann

    WIPO | Senior Business Analyst

    Ann Bardini, a national of the United Kingdom, is Senior Business Analyst at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) where she has worked since 1990. As Head of the PCT Functional Support Section, she was responsible for the specification of the business requirements, process re-engineering and deployment strategy for the International Bureau’s electronic processing system that led to a fully paperless environment for PCT Operations at WIPO.
  • Guetlich, Mark200 Guetlich, Mark

    Viziv Technologies | Chief IP Counsel

    Mark Guetlich is Chief IP Counsel at the emerging technology startup Viziv Technologies. Mr. Guetlich has held previous government, industry, and law practice positions as Senior Counsel for International Policy and Government Affairs at the USPTO, founder of the Global IP Group, PLLC advising law firms in India and US, VP Managing Director of Patents at the SAP AG headquarters in Walldorf, Germany, and Director of International Patents and Licensing for Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.
  • MichaelNeas200 Neas, Michael

    USPTO | Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration

    Michael Neas is the Deputy Director of the International Patent Legal Administration (formerly PCT Legal) at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. 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.
  • Reischle, Matthias200 Reischle-Park, Matthias

    WIPO | Deputy Director, PCT Legal Division

    Matthias Reischle, a national of Germany, is Deputy Director of the PCT Legal Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Matthias holds a 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.
  • Mark-Malek200 Malek, Mark

    Widerman Malek | Managing Partner

    Mark Malek focuses his practice on representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and counseling inventors and businesses on various intellectual property strategies. Mark enjoys working with his clients to understand their long term goals and tailoring their intellectual property strategies to help achieve those goals.
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