The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is becoming an increasingly important tool for companies all around the world, with strategic use on the rise for a variety of reasons. Did you know, for example, that if you proceed to PCT Chapter II at a cost of $600 and choose the U.S. as your searching authority, your National Stage fees for Examination and Search are zero? Spending $600 to save $1,500 is the type of thing filers can and should be doing in this environment to cut costs without losing protection.
This one cost-saving example demonstrates the strategic advantage of PCT filings. Of course, with its own rules and regulations, the PCT also provides a minefield for practitioners only casually familiar with its many nuances.
Join Gene Quinn, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc., twice recognized as one of the top 50 most influential people in the world of intellectual property, for an in-depth conversation about using the PCT strategically and avoiding the most common mistakes. Joining us will be Mike Neas, USPTO Deputy Director of International Patent Legal Administration, who will discuss best practices and common mistakes. Also joining us for the hour will be patent attorney John White, who serves as CEO of the PCT Learning Center, and is one of the leading patent educators in the United States. John will discuss filing strategies and why companies and practitioners should be using the PCT more often as a part of a well-rounded patent filing strategy.