Here are a few thoughts about Best Practices for docketing and the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
(By the way, if you have not already done so, I suggest you sign up for the Nineteenth Annual AIPLA PCT Seminar, which is a week and a half from now. See this blog article for details.)
First, of course if there was a priority application, you need to docket 12 months from the priority application for international filing.
When the PCT application is filed, docket a week or two to check for these forms:
- Form PCT/RO/105, which memorializes the filing date and application number
- Form PCT/RO/102, which memorializes that proper fees were paid
- Form PCT/IB/301, which memorializes that the International Bureau has received the Record Copy from the RO
- Form PCT/IB/304, which memorializes that the International Bureau has received the certified copy of the priority document
- Form PCT/ISA/202, which memorializes that the International Searching Authority has received the Search Copy.
Also docket P+22 (priority date plus 22 months) for filing of a Demand and Article 34 amendment, and docket P+30 for entry into the national phase.
After Form PCT/IB/301 arrives, check to make sure that you have access to the PCT application in the ePCT system.
After Form PCT/ISA/202 arrives, docket three months to check for receipt of the International Search Report and the Written Opinion (ISR/WO).
When the ISR/WO arrives, use the Time Line in ePCT to work out when the Article 19 amendment is due and when the Demand is due. Docket those dates.
This is not a complete list of all things that you might docket. Nor is this legal advice.