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Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2017: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation

Why You Should Attend

This program is directed to patent prosecuting and litigating attorneys and patent agents with or without a Patent Office registration number and with little or no patent experience. The program will focus on teaching the basics of claim drafting, patent application preparation and prosecution, and also provide a review of recent developments in the law. A litigator’s perspective is included to show how drafting and prosecution can influence the development, and often the outcome, of subsequent patent litigation; and, conversely, how a litigator's perspective can inform drafting and prosecution. 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.

What You Will Learn

This three-day program will feature lectures each morning followed by small clinic sessions in the afternoon. Both the lecture sessions and the clinics will follow the patent application process—from invention disclosure and patent preparation (Day 1), through prosecution, issuance and beyond (Day 2) to litigation/claim analysis (Day 3). Homework is different for each location and is specially designed to complement Chicago, New York City and San Francisco. Homework must be completed and submitted upon registering on-site at the program. More information about the homework will be made available at www.pli.edu at a later date.

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

  • How to prepare a patent application that satisfies the statutory requirements for patentability and distinctly claims the subject matter which the applicant regards as the invention with an eye towards successful prosecution and enforcement
  • How to prosecute an application to obtain allowance of an enforceable patent
  • How to interview an Examiner
  • How to use reissues, reexamination supplemental examinations, inter partes review, post-grant review 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 review the homework and also develop and polish patent writing skills
  • Ethics issues encountered in patent practice

Who Should Attend

Patent attorneys, patent agents, technical advisors and patent liaisons with no or very little patent prosecution experience will benefit from this program.