World Intellectual Property Organization

PCT Distance Learning Course: Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

Course Syllabus

Module 1:  What is the PCT?

  • 1.1 PCT Contracting States
  • 1.2 Role of the International Bureau of WIPO
  • 1.3 The PCT – overview of the process
  • 1.4 Key parts of the PCT procedure

Module 2: Why Use the PCT?

  • 2.1 Brings the World within Reach
  • 2.2 Cost and Time Advantages
  • 2.3 Strong Basis for Patenting Decisions
  • 2.4 Safe and Secure Electronic Filing

Module 3: Preparing the PCT Application

  • 3.1 Form and Contents
  • 3.2 Other Formal Requirements

Module 4: Filing the PCT Application

  • 4.1 The Receiving Office
  • 4.2 Checking for Defects
  • 4.3 Claiming Priority
  • 4.4 Priority Document
  • 4.5 Language of the PCT Application
  • 4.6 Fees Payable

Module 5: Electronic Filing Using PCT-SAFE

  • 5.1 Overview of PCT-SAFE
  • 5.2 E-filing Components
  • 5.3 PCT-EASY Mode
  • 5.4 Validation Function
  • 5.5 PCT-SAFE Fee Incentives

Module 6: Patent Agents and Common Representatives

  • 6.1 Common Representatives
  • 6.2 Appointment of Agents and Common Representatives
  • 6.3 Powers of Attorney

Module 7: The International Search and Written Opinion of the ISA

  • 7.1 Search Procedure
  • 7.2 International Search Report
  • 7.3 Written Opinion
  • 7.4 Informal Comments
  • 7.5 Amendment of the Claims before the International Bureau (Article 19)
  • 7.6 The International Preliminary Report on Patentability (Chapter I)
  • 7.7 Supplementary International Search

Module 8: International Publication

  • 8.1 Effects of International Publication
  • 8.2 Content of the International Publication
  • 8.3 Language of Publication
  • 8.4 The Gazette (“PCT Gazette”)
  • 8.5 Preventing Publication
  • 8.6 Postponing Publication

Module 9: International Preliminary Examination

  • 9.1 The Demand
  • 9.2 Amendment of the Claims, Description, Drawings
  • 9.3 Written Opinion of the IPEA
  • 9.4 The International Preliminary Report on Patentability (Chapter II)
  • 9.5 Fees Payable

Module 10: Entry into the National Phase

  • 10.1 Basic Requirements
  • 10.2 Considerations
  • 10.3 Amendments upon Entry in the National Phase
  • 10.4 Application of National Law

Module 11: Special International Phase Procedures

  • 11.1 Special International Phase Procedures
  • 11.2 Rectification of Obvious Mistakes (Rule 91)
  • 11.3 Recording of Changes Relating to the Applicant, Agent or Inventor

Module 12: Procedures for Inventions in the Field of Biotechnology

  • 12.1 Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Listings
  • 12.2 Biological Material Deposits

Module 13: Access by Third Parties to the File of a PCT Application

  • 13.1 General Principles
  • 13.2 Publicly Available Information
  • 13.3 Priority Documents
  • 13.4 File Held by the International Bureau
  • 13.5 Files of National Offices/International Authorities

Module 14: PCT Outlook

  • 14.1 PCT Resources
  • 14.2 PATENTSCOPE
  • 14.3 Strategies for Effective Use of the PCT
  • 14.4 Continuous Improvement of the PCT System
  • 14.5 Conclusion
  • 14.6 Comments and Feedback

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