Mr. Matthew Bryan, Director of WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty Legal and User Relations Division, will provide an update on recent and future developments and directions in PCT practice.
He will present recent statistics concerning the performance of the PCT system and discuss recent PCT legal and related developments of relevance to patent practitioners.
Matthew Bryan has served as Director of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Legal and User Relations Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since 2004.
In his role, Mr. Bryan is responsible for providing PCT legal and strategic advice to users, providing PCT legal advice to the staff of the PCT Services Department (which processes all PCT applications), overseeing the resolution of “special handling” cases, PCT-related teaching and training, managing relations with PCT users, providing the “PCT Infoline” service, advising PCT Contracting States on legal issues relating to their roles and responsibilities under the PCT, publishing the official PCT Gazette, managing the PCT portion of the WIPO website, and maintaining and publishing the PCT legal and informational texts, such as the Treaty and Regulations, the PCT Applicant’s Guide (updated weekly) and the PCT Newsletter (monthly).
He is a frequent speaker on PCT and WIPO matters, and often represents the PCT and WIPO at meetings of national and international attorneys’ and IP owners’ associations. He teaches regularly in Masters of IP programs, has testified before parliamentary committees, and has also served as a PCT expert witness in litigation. On behalf of WIPO, he has taught about the PCT in 70 countries.
A national of the United States of America, Mr. Bryan joined WIPO in 1992. Before joining WIPO, Mr. Bryan served as a Law Clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to Judge Randall R. Rader and to Senior Judge Marion T. Bennett. He is a member of the State Bar of California since 1990.