ePCT Part 3 – 92bis, Article 19 amendments, Demands


This is Part 3 of a four-part series of webinars on ePCT.

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When and where?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Mountain Time

Format: Webinar

The program.  Those who handle pending US patent applications are well aware that it is impossible to carry out one’s work competently without knowing how to use Private PAIR to view pending US patent applications and to check the status of such applications.  Likewise one needs to know how to use EFS-Web to file new patent applications and to file follow-on papers.

ePCT is the mechanism for viewing pending PCT applications and for checking the status of such applications.  ePCT is an important part of the filing of new PCT patent applications and is a crucial part of the filing of follow-on papers in PCT applications.

It is thus extremely important to learn how to use ePCT.  ePCT is extraordinarily feature rich.  This webinar is part of a set of four webinars which together will explore the 20% or so of the ePCT features which you will use 80% of the time.

  • Part 1.  Getting started with ePCT.  How to get a WIPO user ID and password, how to obtain and manage the WIPO cryptographic certificate, how to use an Authenticator app, how to use SMS authentication, organizing default access permissions.  Best Practices for planning who in your office will have a user ID and password, and how your users will share documents and address books with each other.
  • Part 2.  Filing a PCT application.  When you file in RO/US using EFS-Web, it is tantamount to malpractice not to use a ZIP file as the mechanism for communicating bibliographic data.  Best Practice for using ePCT to prepare a Request and ZIP file for EFS-Web.  Discussion of the USPTO Federal Register notice that discusses Foreign Filing Licenses in connection with ePCT.  RO/IB is often a smarter place to file than RO/US, and we will discuss why this is.
  • Part 3.  Follow-on filings.  Best Practice for doing a 92bis change as an Action.  Best Practice for doing an Article 19 Amendment as an Action.  Best Practice for filing a Demand.
  • Part 4.  Generating important reports, seeing pending PCT applications.  How to get your pending PCT applications loaded into ePCT, and how to use ePCT file inspection.  Why you need to know which of your cases are missing priority documents, and why you need to know which of your cases are missing the form PCT/ISA/202.  How to generate reports identifying such cases.

This webinar is Part 3.

The faculty. Your professor is Carl Oppedahl, the author of the Ant-Like Persistence blog.  Carl is a partner in Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC. He serves as an adjunct professor at University of Denver law school, teaching Patent Prosecution. Carl is a Fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has spent more than twenty years serving intellectual property clients.

Here’s what some attendees had to say about a recent webinar taught by Professor Oppedahl:

“Great. Concise, to the point and practical.” — M.Z., Suffern, NY

“Attorney Oppedahl does an excellent job of explaining procedures before various patent authorities and does so in an effective webinar format.” — R.K., Manchester, NH

“This webinar was extremely helpful, very current, and professionally presented. Carl is an excellent presenter, answers as many questions as possible, and speaks with perfect pacing.” — S.B., Boston, MA

“Oppedahl Webinars are the best for patent practitioners!” — P.M., Portland, ME

“Very interesting, well presented and topical.” — S.M., Ottawa, Canada

CLE accreditation?   We have not applied for CLE accreditation for this program.

More than one location?  This registration is per login computer or smart phone or tablet location. If your firm or corporation wishes to make it possible for people to attend at two or more locations or at two or more computers or smart phones or tablets, you should make a registration for each location or computer or smart phone or tablet so that each location or computer or smart phone or tablet can have its own login credentials to the webinar system.

In the past, we have heard of some attendees attempting unsuccessfully to use Citrix or other desktop sharing applications to share the audio and video from one location to a second location. We have heard that this does not work well. We urge you to avoid problems by registering individually for each intended login computer location.

How to sign up? To register for this program, make a purchase on this page. After you have paid, you will receive a confirming email message with a link to the webinar itself.

Format. This program is a webinar, meaning a seminar offered over the Web. It is anticipated that at some law firm and corporate locations, the presentation-slide content of the webinar will be projected upon a screen in a conference room. Other attendees will view the presentation on their own computers or smart phones or tablets.

Written materials will be provided (as a PDF file) shortly before the program starts.  Much of the program will consist of a live demonstration of the ePCT features being discussed.

Participants will be able to submit typed questions through the webinar system.

After the webinar has finished, participants will be requested to complete an online evaluation form.

For users who attend by means of a computer, audio will be provided both through computer speakers and by means of dial-in telephone numbers. A user with a computer headset can use the headset to listen to the audio. Many attendees will find it convenient to receive the audio through their computer speakers, which is free of any per-minute charge. It will also be possible to dial in to a telephone conference bridge to receive the audio; this will be a toll call with regular per-minute long-distance telephone charges.

You may find it convenient to use a USB speakerphone to broadcast the audio in your conference room.

Are you a smart phone or tablet user? If so, you may wish to try attending using a Gotowebinar app. Before the date of the webinar, please do at least one test webinar as mentioned on the technical support page. On the date of the webinar, please log in at least ten minutes early so that you will have time to try to solve any problems. Plan ahead so that if you cannot get the app to work, you will be able to switch to an ordinary computer connection to attend the webinar.

Will recordings be available later?  We are often asked whether a recording of the webinar will be available later.  The answer is “we don’t know”.  We often try to record a webinar.  Sometimes we succeed and sometimes we screw it up.  If we do succeed in recording the webinar, it will take some time for us to edit the recording for suitable playback.  The viewing of such recordings, if possible at all, will not be included in the registration fee for this webinar.  The viewing of such recordings, if possible at all, will be a separately purchased item on this shopping cart.

Technical support on the day of the program. Whenever we host a webinar, we receive frantic telephone calls on the day of the webinar from people who have problems. Usually the cause of the problem is something that we cannot help with in any way.  Please see our technical support page for technical support.

Cutoff time for registrations. The ability to register for the webinar will be turned off about one day in advance of the stated starting time of the webinar. For this reason, please plan ahead and register at least the day before the webinar. We can offer no assurances that an attempted webinar registration within 24 hours of a webinar will be successful.

Additional information

number of attendees at one location

one, 2-10, 11 or more

government employee

no, yes