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Best Practices for Global Patent Protection: Prosecuting a Worldwide Portfolio

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

12:00 PM EST, 9:00 AM PST

About the Speakers


Stephen Kunin

Partner, Maier & Maier & Former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, USPTO

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For many companies seeking worldwide patent protection, the best course of action is to file a single International Application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This strategy is preferable for many filers because it puts off decision-making for up to 30 months regarding the specific countries to enter the national phase.

But though there are numerous benefits, there are also costs. The PCT process is not cheap, and it can be more economical to pursue patent protection directly, particularly when protection is only necessary in a few countries.

Join Gene Quinn, President and CEO of IPWatchdog, for a webinar that will provide tips and best practices for prosecuting a worldwide patent portfolio. Gene will be joined by Sherry Knowles, Managing Partner of Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies and former Chief Patent Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline, and Steve Kunin, Partner with Maier & Maier and former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy at the USPTO. Founder, Top 300 IP Strategist

Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, Editor and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy.  He is the Founder and Editor of, which he founded in 1999. Gene writes about patent law, patent and innovation policy, proposed legislation, rule making, software patents and more.  In 2014, Mr. Quinn was names one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine.  And in both 2017 and 2018, he has been recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world. Regarded as an expert on software patentability and U.S. patent procedure, Mr. Quinn regularly advises attorneys and clients on patent matters, litigation strategy and appeals.

Gene Quinn

Principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Sherry Knowles is an intellectual property attorney with 30 years of experience in global corporate and private practice. From 2006-2010, Ms. Knowles was the Senior Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline, where she served as the worldwide head of patents for all litigation and transactional matters, and managed a global department of over 200 people in 12 offices. At GSK, Ms. Knowles was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, the Technology Investment Board, the Product Management Board, the Legal Management Team and she led the Global Patents Executive Team.

Sherry Knowles

Former Chief Patent Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline

Partner, Maier & Maier

Steve Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony. In addition to serving as an expert witness, Mr. Kunin has vast experience in providing lectures on recent US patent law developments across the USA, Europe and the Far East. He has more than 48 years of experience in the patent profession.

Stephen Kunin

Former Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, USPTO

Sherry Knowles

Principal, Knowles IP Strategies & Former Chief Patent Counsel for GlaxoSmithKline

This webinar will address, among other things:

  • How to select countries for filing your patent, and only seek protection in countries where there is an articulable business strategy.
  • How to determine if there is a meaningful enforcement mechanism available to stop infringement.
  • Cost considerations for obtaining and maintaining a patent throughout its enforcement lifetime.
  • How to address filing issues that can be difficult, or even impossible, to correct – including incorporation by reference, reference filing, translations, and how to ensure that first filing will be a priority document.
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