This program is directed to patent prosecuting and litigating attorneys and patent agents with or without a Patent Office registration number or little patent experience. It will focus on teaching the basics of claim drafting, patent application preparation and prosecution, as well as a review of recent developments in the law. A litigator’s perspective is presented to show how drafting and prosecution can influence the development, and often the outcome, of subsequent patent litigation. The clinics offer a unique supplement to the kind of hands-on mentoring that senior attorneys are hard-pressed to provide to less-experienced attorneys and agents.

The lectures are designed to provide a review of the patent preparation and prosecution process and explain:

  • How to decide what elements of the invention should be included in the patent
  • How to prosecute an application to result in allowance of an enforceable patent
  • How to interview an Examiner
  • How to use reissues, reexamination supplemental examinations and other post-issuance proceedings
  • How to anticipate patent litigation issues during the patent prosecution process
  • How to approach patent opinion drafting

Special Features

  • Morning lectures on critical patent application topics
  • One-of-a-kind, small group clinics with experienced patent prosecutors to develop and polish patent writing skills

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