Programme Palo Alto, Monday 29 October 2018


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Rd
Conference Room 1A
Palo Alto, CA 94304

8.30 - 9.00am  Registration and welcome coffee 
9.00 - 9.05am  Welcome
Maya Skubatch, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
9.05 - 9.25am   Opening remarks
Alberto Casado, Vice-President Patent Granting Process at the European Patent Office (EPO) 
9.25 - 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
Richard Garvey
12.25 - 1.15pm  Lunch 
1.15pm  End of seminar 

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