The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): Important Tool for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Independent Inventors

Las Vegas, Nevada - November 13, 2009


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a one-day seminar on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Independent Inventors on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 in Baltimore and on Friday, November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America.

The purposes of this one-day seminar are to:

(1) Provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and independent inventors with an overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, an important tool for seeking patents in multiple countries around the world, and

(2) Provide direct access to staff of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to learn more about the PCT and its advantages, and the reasons why it should form part of an SME or independent inventor business strategy.

This seminar is targeted to SMEs and independent inventors but may also be of use to anyone who has a general interest in the PCT and in protecting their inventions internationally.

Participants will have opportunities for interactive discussion and exchange of views with WIPO staff on all aspects of the PCT. Suggestions from participants as to how the PCT can be further improved and enhanced to make it more accessible to SMEs and independent inventors are particularly welcome.


The seminar program Seminar Program in Word  Seminar Program in PDF includes topics such as :

  • Overview of the PCT system
  • International Search and Preliminary Examination
  • Effective use of patent information – PATENTSCOPE® service
  • Costs for filing a PCT application
  • PCT filing strategies
  • PCT and licensing activities
  • Electronic filing of PCT applications


Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
3400 Paradise Road
Las Vegas NV 89169-2770
United States of America


No registration fee will be charged for attendance at this seminar. To participate in this free-of-charge event, please complete the on-line registration form


Mr. Quan-Ling Sim
PCT Outreach and User Relations Section
PCT Legal Division

Tel: ++41-22-338-9056;
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