Please note that the registration deadline has been extended.
The Hague, Netherlands
The EPO is organising an in-house training event for patent attorneys and IP professionals from industry in Europe and elsewhere interested in filing PCT applications with the EPO.
The event will consist of six sessions which will give participants the opportunity to get first-hand information and experience from experts on important aspects of filing and processing PCT applications with the EPO in all its capacities under the PCT. EPO experts and experienced patent attorneys will lead the sessions.
Furthermore, experts from other major patent offices (USPTO, JPO, SIPO) and patent attorneys experienced in the respective procedures will run sessions on specific aspects of entry into their national phases.
The EPO will introduce and give details of proposed new services such as supplementary international search, the second written opinion and top-up search in the Chapter II procedure, the new procedure regarding non-unity upon entry into the European phase and utilisation of PCT work in the PCT-PPH framework.
The first day of the event will conclude with a panel discussion on key developments in the PCT, followed by a cocktail reception and a networking dinner.
The six sessions will focus on
• PCT filing, search and examination and entry into the European phase
• the national phases at SIPO/USPTO/JPO
• restoration and incorporation procedures under the PCT
• online filing at the EPO
• filing and processing of biotech applications at the EPO
On the first conference day there will be a panel discussion on key developments in the PCT, in particular the enhancement of PCT search, the strengthening of Chapter II and the simplification of entry into the national phase.
When registering online you will be asked to choose one presentation per session:
1 October 2014
We are supporting the EPO's environmental policy therefore we will not provide any presentation handouts. All event documentation will be made available in electronic form.
The participants are kindly asked to arrange for their accommodation themselves.
A number of hotels near the conference venue offer EPO special rates. These rates only apply if the room booking is made through the travel agency BCD Travel, either by using the BCD Travel hotel booking form or by booking online through the BCD Travel hotel booking tool.
Please find all relevant information under Downloads at the top of this page.
Under Downloads you will find the latest version of the programme.
This fee covers conference material and the catering for the whole event for one participant. The fee cannot be split and is not refundable if cancellation is requested less than 28 days before the start of the event.
Payment by credit card
Please follow the instructions when you register online for the event. Please keep your credit card details (Master card or Visa) ready when registering. You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail in due course.
Payment by bank transfer
You will receive an invoice from the EPO addressed to you according to the details in your online registration and containing all necessary details for a bank transfer. Please pay the respective amount upon receipt of the invoice indicating the invoice number and respecting the time for payment allowed.
You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail, once we have received the payment of your registration fee on the EPO's bank account. Please note that if you pay by bank transfer it can take up to 10 days from the date of your bank transfer until we can actually see your payment on our account.
Payment by direct debiting of your EPO deposit account
Please follow the instructions when you register online for the event. Please keep the details of your EPO deposit account ready when registering. You will receive the confirmation of your registration by e-mail, once the debit has been dealt with by our Finance department.
European Patent Office
Shell building – Conference Centre, Auditorium
2288 EE Rijswijk