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Changes to the ePCT System and the Impact on Your Practice

  • 1 Nov 2016

Please join the TIPG as we gain valuable insight into recent efforts at expanding the ePCT online filing system to include national phase filings. Leading patent practitioner, Philip Mendes da Costa (Bereskin & Parr), will discuss how these and other developments could impact your patent practice in the near future. We will also be joined by Stephen Perry (PCK) for an introduction to Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle/International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Philip Mendes da Costa is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Mechanical & Industrial Processes practice group. He advises clients on the development and implementation of strategic IP portfolio creation and management. His experience includes obtaining patent, industrial design and trademark rights for clients around the world. He focuses on a variety of areas, including consumer products, the oil and gas industry, water treatment and mining, and has in-depth knowledge on all aspects of IP, including water purification; petrochemicals; oil and gas recovery technologies; petroleum refining; ore processing and mineral recovery; syngas production; seismic exploration; methanol production; and gas scrubbing.

Philip is the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) 2014 Congress in Toronto, a member of CET3 of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Design Committee, and a member of the Intellectual Property Owner’s Association’s (IPO) International Patent Law and Practice Committee.

Stephen Perry is viewed as one of Canada’s leading patent agents. He is co-author (with Andrew Currier) of Canadian Patent Law (Butterworths, 2012, Second Edition, 2014), the first text on the subject by patent prosecutors in over 30 years. Stephen started in the field of IP in 1983 and qualified as patent agent in 1985. His practice is focused on developing and managing international IP portfolios for Canadian technology companies of every size, covering a broad range of innovations in the fields of telecommunications, electronics, software, display technology, medical imaging and medical devices.

Stephen is active as an advisor and commentator on both Canadian and international patent and industrial design issues. He serves on Council of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian section of Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI), and chairs or serves on various committees of both organizations. Stephen is frequently called upon to contribute his insight and views to industry and government agencies and committees on policy and legislative matters affecting intellectual property.

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