PCT Damage Control:
Procedures That Can Help When Things Go Wrong
T. David Reed
US Consultant on the PCT, WIPO
February 12, 2013
Location: The Cincinnatian Hotel
This program has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE in Ohio
The presentation will discuss the primary procedural safeguards available under the PCT that are
available to help an applicant overcome a variety of problems and mistakes that may be made during the filing of patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The safeguard procedures include:
• Incorporation by reference of matter contained any claimed priority filing to allow matter
inadvertently left out of the international (PCT) application to be incorporated into the international application without loss of the original filing date, provided the matter is completely contained in the priority document.
• Restoration of priority which may allow recapture of a priority claim in an application
filed more than 12 months after the desired priority filing.
• Correction or addition of a priority claim after the filing of an application.
• Protections relating to payment of fees.
• Protections relating to filing in a non-competent office.
• Procedures related to making changes/corrections/additions to applicants, inventors,
agents and bibliographic data relating to them.
• Procedure for correcting obvious mistakes made in the international application.
Each of these procedures will be discussed in detail including when they are applicable, conditions for use and how to use them.
During the last half of T. David Reed’s 40 year career at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, he managed P&G’s international patent filing and prosecution function. During this time he transitioned P&G’s international patent filing practice from direct national filings to filing under the PCT. Under his leadership Procter & Gamble’s practice under the PCT quickly grew to the point where P&G was the largest single PCT applicant in the world.
Based on his practical experience in international patent filing and the PCT, he has been privileged to speak on P&G’s foreign patent practice and their use of the PCT for a variety of organizations around the world.
Following his retirement from P&G in 2006, David became a consultant on the PCT for WIPO in North America. In this capacity he conducts training seminars on the PCT and operates one of the two WIPO PCT help desks in the US, answering questions on the PCT from patent practitioners and administrators.
PRICES (including lunch):
• $20 for Members (includes 1.0 Hr Ohio CLE)
• $30 Non-Member with CLE
• $20 Non-Member without CLE
• $15 Students and Full-Time Academics