Advanced PCT Seminar for Patent Professionals Offered in the Dallas Metroplex

Bill NaifehEurope, International Practice, PCT

This course is designed for attorneys and agents with advanced experience in the PCT process.

Seminar Speakers:

Carol Bidwell | Consultant (World Intellectual Property Organization – PCT).  Formerly with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

G. Harvey Dunn III | Chief IP Counsel – Dresser, Inc.

Bill Naifeh | Attorney – Law Offices of Bill R. Naifeh

T. David Reed | Consultant (World Intellectual Property Organization – PCT). Formerly with Procter & Gamble

Sid Weatherford | Senior Patent Counsel – Ericsson, Inc.

Luncheon Presentation (Ethics):

“The Best Defense Is A Good Offense: The Benefits of An Inequitable Conduct Defense”

Tonya Gray | Partner – Andrews Kurth LLP

Kacy Miller | President – CourtroomLogic Consulting

Topics:  The following topics will be covered in this one-day seminar

The PCT:  A Brief Refresher of PCT Features and Safeguards

The Paris Convention, Priority Claiming and Restoration

Incorporation by Reference:  When and how to use it, caveats and difference from US incorporation by reference and practice

The PCT From an Applicants View:  A look at the PCT and the options, choices and decisions an applicant must make, including choice of Searching Authority, Receiving Office, etc.

Entering the National Phase:  Strategies for Entering the National Phase

The U.S. National Stage:  35 USC 371 vs. 35 USC 111(a)/35 USC 120 – National Stage Entry vs. “the Bypass Route”

Factors in deciding where to enter the National Phase

Searching the WIPO Database and Internet Resources

Where to Get Help at WIPO

Overview of the EPO Process – including new EPO rule changes and EPO requirements

Preparing and prosecuting patents in Europe – including a discussion with a panel of in-house patent counsel discussing EPO Gotcha’s.


February 10, 2010

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Seminar Location:

Southern Methodist University (Plano)

5236 Tennyson Parkway – Building 4

Plano, Texas 75024

Registration Information:

$295.00 ($325.00 after January 27, 2010)

Registration form available at