Programme Houston, Wednesday 31 October 2018


Hess Club
5430 Westheimer Court
Houston, TX 77056

8.30 - 9.00am Registration and welcome coffee
9.00 - 9.05am Welcome
Charles Knobloch, Partner at Knobloch & Tripp, PLLC
9.05 - 9.15am Opening remarks
Albert Keyack, EPO Attaché to the USA
9.15 - 10.10am What the EPO can do for you
Richard Garvey, Key Account Manager at the EPO
Elke von Brevern, PCT Expert at the EPO

  • Introduction to the EPO
  • How to use the EPO as
    • International Searching Authority
    • International Preliminary Examining Authority
  • Benefits of using the EPO
    • Quality
    • Timeliness
10.10 - 10.30am How to solve problems
Michael Lindblom
Richard Garvey

  • Answers to the questions US users most commonly ask the EPO's PCT helpdesk
  • Where to get support
    • Helpdesk
    • Tutorials
10.30 - 10.45am Coffee break
10.45 - 11.45am What you can do yourself to make the system more efficient
Elke von Brevern
Richard Garvey

  • ePCT
  • PCT Direct
  • Filing demands
  • Entry into the regional phase
  • PPH made easy
  • Paying fees and optimising your deposit account
  • Receiving communications electronically
11.45 - 12.15pm How to make best use of EPO file monitoring and search products
Michael Lindblom

  • European Patent Register: staying up to date with procedural information on all European patent applications
  • Global Patent Index: easily searching the EPO's worldwide bibliographic and legal status patent data
12.15 - 12.25pm Wrap-up
Albert Keyack
12.25 - 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm End of seminar

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