This advanced program is designed for private or corporate and other in-house practitioners with patent experience who wish to improve their general claim drafting and amendment writing skills. By way of homework and classroom sample problems and solutions, attendees will have the opportunity to concentrate for two days on the specialized skills required in their technological area by receiving individualized feedback and guidance from experienced patent prosecutors. Discussions will include practical techniques for avoiding prosecution pitfalls and working with the USPTO in general and specifically with respect to section 101 issues to get your client’s patent applications allowed. In addition, counsel will be provided on the America Invents Act implementation by the Patent and Trademark Office, including the new Post-Grant Review and Inter Partes Review, as well as Covered Business Method Patents. Furthermore, the practical impact of significant Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions, e.g., Myriad, Mayo, Alice, and KSR, will be explained. Lastly, the program also includes Intellectual Property specific ethics CLE.
Structure of the Programs
The New York City and Chicago Workshops are organized into four technology sections: Biotechnology, Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Electromechanical and Electronics/Computers. The San Francisco Workshop is organized into three technology sections: Electromechanical/Mechanical, Electronics/Computers, and Life Sciences (Biotechnology, Chemical/Pharmaceutical).
Homework review and realistic claim drafting and amendment writing exercises are also a special feature of these Workshops. Homework must be completed and submitted upon registering onsite at the program.