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Advanced PCT Formalities

This two-day programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics with practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

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  • Format: Bespoke training
  • CPD: 12 hours for your records (depending on your requirements)
  • Certificate of completion

Course overview

This advanced PCT formalities programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics. It will provide an in-depth discussion of the PCT procedure, including international phase and entry into the national/regional phase. It will give you practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

Key topics to be covered include:

  • Latest developments of the PCT system
  • Filing requirements and amendments
  • Correction of defects
  • International search, the ISR, written opinion of the ISA
  • International preliminary examination
  • The International Bureau
  • Requirements for entry into the national phase, including US national phase
  • Procedural safeguards, withdrawals
  • Making effective use of ePCT

Why you should attend

By attending this event, partipants will gain:

  • A detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics
  • An in-depth knowledge of the PCT procedure, including international phase and entry into the national/regional phase
  • The opportunity to raise specific problems and questions and learn from the practical solutions which will be put forward by the WIPO experts
  • Practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of PCT for your business
  • The chance to network with other delegates and share your experiences

Who should attend?

  • Patent administrators and formalities staff with experience of working with the PCT or those who need a refresher
  • All those with the relevant experience who want to gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of the formal and administrative procedures required to deal efficiently with PCT applications

The Advanced PCT Formalities course will cover:

Introduction to the PCT system

Filing of PCT applications

The International Bureau as Receiving Office

Signature requirements

Agents and common representatives

Priority claims

Correction/addition of priority claims

Restoration of the Right of Priority

Correction of defects

Incorporation by reference

Rectification of obvious mistakes

Recording of changes under Rule 92bis

International search and written opinion of the ISA

Supplementary international search

Filing of demands for international preliminary examination (Chapter II)

Unity of invention and protest procedure

Filing amendments during the international phase

Fees payable under the PCT

International publication


Entry into the national phase

European regional phase requirements

US national phase requirements

Procedural safeguards for international applications

Requirements concerning the deposit of biological material and sequence listings

Amendments to the PCT Regulations from 1 July 2020



Where to get help

Hanna Kang

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Eva Schumm

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We don't have any currently scheduled dates for this course but we can customise it to your requirements and deliver it on an in-house basis for any number of your staff or colleagues.

See below or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Reviews of IPI's Advanced PCT Formalities training course

The speakers were really prepared and very available to answer to our questions

Nov 19 2020

Federica Lena
Patent Assistant, Hoffmann Eitle

Nov 19 2020

I'm very satisfied with the program and professionalism of the speakers.

Adriana Fontanarosa
Patent Formalities, Hoffmann Eitle SRL

Jun 15 2017

I was impressed with the speakers and there was lots of content in the presentations.

Ann Brown
IP Administrator, Cambridge Display Technology Limited

Jun 15 2017

I found it interesting and clear.

Alida Nicchi
Patent Administrator, Industrie De Nora S.p.A

Jun 16 2016

I very much enjoyed the course and feel I have gained a lot during those two days. The course content was very detailed and explained thoroughly by the presenters. Although it was intense and full of content, it was presented in a very interesting way. Thank you!

Natalia Tuka
Intelectual Property Junior Administrator, Coloplast A/S


  • Adamson Jones
  • Cambridge Display Technology Limited
  • Carpmaels & Ransford Services Ltd
  • DSTL
  • EIP Europe LLP
  • Eisai Europe Limited
  • Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Murgitroyd & Company Limited
  • QinetiQ Limited
  • Stratagem IPM Ltd
  • Takeda Cambridge Limited
  • Unilever Patent Group
  • Unilever R&D Colworth
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd


  • Agfa Gevaert NV
  • Agfa HealthCare NV
  • Besins Healthcare
  • DenK iP bvba
  • Huntsman (Europe) BVBA
  • Mithra Pharmaceuticals
  • Solvay SA
  • Total Research & Technology Feluy SA
  • Umicore Research


  • AB Tetra Pak
  • ABB AB
  • Albihns.Zacco AB
  • AWA Sweden AB
  • Awapatent AB
  • Ericsson AB
  • Gambro Lundia AB
  • Valea AB
  • Zacco Sweden AB


  • Albumedix Ltd
  • Coloplast A/S
  • Danish Patent & Trademark Office
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S
  • Inspicos P/S
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • Patentgruppen A/S
  • Symphogen A/S


  • JT International SA
  • Merck Serono SA
  • Nestec S.A.
  • Nestec SA
  • Philip Morris Products S.A.
  • Philip Morris Products SA
  • Rentsch Partner AG
  • Vossius & Partner


  • Chiesi Farmaceutici SPA
  • Hoffmann Eitle
  • Hoffmann Eitle SRL
  • Industrie De Nora S.p.A
  • Perfetti Van Melle S.p.a.


  • Crucell Holland BV
  • DSM IP & Licensing BV
  • Sabic Petrochemicals B.V.
  • SKF BV


  • Gastao da Cunha Ferreira Lda
  • J E Dias Costa, LDA
  • Patentree
  • Raul Cesar Ferreira (Herd) SA


  • Alfred E. Tiefenbacher GmbH & Co. KG
  • Ericsson GmbH
  • Moser & Goetze


  • Kolster OY AB
  • Microsoft Mobile Oy


  • Acapo AS
  • Bryn Aarflot AS


  • Patpol Kancelaria Patentowa sp. z.o.o.


  • PONS Patentes y Marcas International SL
  • Ponti & Partners, SLP




  • Pharmathen SA


  • Gorodissky & Partners


  • Taiwan Intellectual Property Office

United States of America

  • Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Multiple colleagues?
Talk to one of our training experts to discuss how to:

Run this course conveniently and cost-effectively in-house for your staff and colleagues

Aleksandra BEER
Training expert

+44 (0)20 7749 4749