Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar



NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute

in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents a

Comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Seminar

June 5-6, 2014
Nunn Hall 419
#globalip #informaticslaw

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), hosted a comprehensive Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) seminar on June 5-6, 2014 in Highland Heights, Kentucky, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

The seminar provided patent attorneys, patent agents, patent portfolio managers, patent paralegals, and patent law students with a comprehensive understanding of the PCT, an international patent law treaty established to unify patent filing procedures which protect inventions in the PCT's 148 contracting states.

The seminar included patent portfolio management strategies for maximizing patent protection and minimizing legal expenses. The seminar  included best practices, procedures for filing original patent applications in PCT member states, and news about changes related to the PCT.

“This seminar provides a unique and valuable opportunity to learn the intricacies of the PCT process, and how to maximize the benefits achievable through the PCT. I’d highly recommend it to anyone involved in coordinating foreign patent protection,” stated Eric Robbins, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP and the chair of its Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.  Mr. Robbins attended NKU Chase's 2012 Comprehensive PCT Seminar, which was attended by IP professionals from around the globe.

"The PCT Seminar presented by Carol Bidwell and David Reed was excellent. I will be returning for all of their future seminars at NKU. As an NKU alumna, I'm delighted the university is bringing educational opportunities to the Greater Cincinnati area which focus on the growing field of intellectual property law," expressed Christina M. Canfield of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.

Carol Bidwell and David Reed, U.S. consultants to WIPO on PCT matters, presented the program.  

Registration included a complimentary advanced patent searching workshop. "PubEAST/PubWEST: USPTO Examiners' Databases for Quick Power Searching" taught by Linda Kocis, the intellectual property librarian at the main library of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, and John Schlipp, intellectual property librarian and associate professor of library services at W. Frank Steely Library at NKU. The workshop took place in Steely Library, a USPTO designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center, in room 102 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 6.  

A total of twelve Kentucky and Ohio General CLE and KPA CPE credits were available seminar and workshop.

Special thanks to WIPO, Frost Brown Todd LLC, IPAC, and CincyIP for their sponsorship of this seminar. For more information, contact Lindsey L. Jaeger at 859.572.7853 or


WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information, and cooperation.  With 187 member states, WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations. The Patent Cooperation Treaty now has 148 contracting states.

The NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute provides critical interdisciplinary research regarding law, regulation, and industry practice as it is applied across complex information systems, emerging technology, and all areas of law. While not limited to any legal field, the Institute emphasizes intellectual property law, privacy law, business and securities law, international law, and evidentiary rules, because the creation, acquisition, aggregation, security, manipulation, and exploitation of data have the largest legal and societal consequences in these fields. Professor Jon M. Garon is the director of the NKU Chase Law + Informatics Institute.

Since 1893, NKU Chase College of Law has educated individuals who make immediate contributions to the legal profession and to their communities. With a collegial, student-centered environment in full-time and part-time programs, Chase provides an intellectually rigorous education in legal theory and professional skills; offers practical training through its curricular offerings, co-curricular programs, and specialized centers; and instills the ideals of ethics, leadership, and public engagement.

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