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Controlling the Pace: New Strategies for Patent Prosecution in Europe and the U.S.

Time is money, and in this fast-paced world of evolving technology it is vital that the patent systems designed to protect inventions can keep up. Please join us for a discussion of the various measures now available at the EPO and USPTO that can allow applicants to control the pace and costs of prosecution, and the resultant consequences that can affect the outcome of the application procedure. We will also discuss how actions in the international phase of a PCT application can affect the pace and direction of prosecution in the regional or national phase.

Our panel of European and U.S. patent attorneys will also be joined by Cécile Denis, EPO Examiner and Opposition Chairman, who will outline the latest procedural developments at the EPO.

Please join us as we discuss:
  • European Patent Office Initiatives for Cutting Delays: Accelerated Prosecution (“Pace”); Early Certainty from Search; and Early Certainty from Opposition
  • Making the Most of USPTO Initiatives: Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (“P3”); Track One; and After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0
  • The USPTO Examiner Count System: What it is and How it Works
  • Proactive Prosecution of PCT Applications: PCT Direct; International Search and Examination at the European Patent Office
  • Increasing Quality and Reducing Costs by Coordinating Prosecution in Europe and the United States
  • Slowing the Pace of Prosecution and Deferring Costs
  • Use of Examiner Interviews
  • Influencing the Progress of Your Competitors' Applications in Europe and the U.S.

RSVP: Please register by Tuesday, 23 October 2016. Admission is free, but space is limited.

Cécile Denis (EPO) 
Tim McAnulty
Leythem Wall

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2016

12:30 - 13:00 - Registration
13:00 - 16:00 - Program
16:00 - 17:00 - Reception

16 Old Bailey
London EC4M 7EG
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