The Impact of COVID-19 on Patent Prosecution and Examination (RECORDING)

The Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has created issues impacting all aspects of life, and the legal profession is no exception. Patent offices around the world are taking a wide range of different approaches to assist applicants with addressing these issues, including such changes as:

  • Suspending deadlines until further notice
  • Eliminating face-to-face meetings
  • Granting generous extensions to applicants when necessary
  • Indicating that relevant restoration requests will be viewed leniently and/or
  • Removing wet signature requirements

Panelists will discuss the latest information regarding the measures being undertaken by the offices and how these will impact patent prosecution and examination. Speakers will include the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a World Intellectual Property Organization official responsible for the improvement of the PCT System, and a European patent attorney who has been tracking this topic globally. They will address procedural changes that are being implemented at the USPTO and at WIPO, and extensions of deadlines and other responsive actions being taken by patent offices around the world.

Thomas Gibb

Murgitroyd

is head of professional practice at Murgitroyd, a global firm of European patent and trademark attorneys. He is a UK and European patent attorney advising clients in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, global IP strategy, and contentions matters before the European Patent Office and UK courts. He has particular expertise in the areas of chemistry and materials science, holding postgraduate qualification in both areas.

Laura Peter

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

is the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, she is responsible for all agency operations and managing approximately 13,000 employees. Prior to joining the USPTO, Peter was the Deputy General Counsel of A10 Networks, where she oversaw daily legal matters related to commercial agreements, litigation, and intellectual property portfolio development. Peter has practiced IP law for over 20 years

Michael Richardson

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

is the director of the PCT Business Development Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Previously a senior patent examiner and senior policy advisor in the United Kingdom, he is now responsible for the improvement of the PCT System, seeking to ensure that the PCT Regulations and the IT systems made available by the International Bureau to applicants and national Offices evolve to meet changing needs.

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