Course curriculum

  • 1

    Complete Course Materials

    • Prerequisite Assignment

    • Course Syllabus

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  • 2

    Chapter 1 - Initial Phase

    • Hour 1 - Introduction to the Course, and the Client Relationship

    • Hour 2 - Client Representation Agreements and beginning of Patent Searching

    • Hour 3 - Evaluating a Patent Search & Patent Claim Drafting

    • Chapter 1 - Mentoring Q & A Session

    • Chapter 1 - Homework Assignment

  • 3

    Chapter 2 - Application Drafting (Part 1: The Basics)

    • Hour 4 - A Prelude to Writing the Application

    • Hour 5 - Specification Drafting - Parts 1 and 2

    • Hour 6 - Specification Drafting - Part 3

    • Debrief Chapter 1 Homework - Patent Search Assignment

    • Chapter 2 - Mentoring Q & A Session

    • Chapter 2 - Homework Assignment

  • 4

    Chapter 3 - Prosecution (Part I: The Basics)

    • Hour 7 - Filing Basics

    • Hour 8 - Filing and Fixing Patent Application

    • Hour 9 - Prosecution Basics

    • Chapter 3 - Homework Assignment

    • Chapter 3 - Mentoring Q & A Session

  • 5

    Day 4 - The Law

    • Hour 10 - The Law: 35 U.S.C § 101

    • Hour 11 - The Law: 35 U.S.C § 102, 103

    • Hour 12 - The Law: 35 U.S.C § 112

    • Chapter 4 - Mentoring Q & A Session

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - Application Drafting (Part I: The Examples)

    • Hour 13 - Methods and Compounds

    • Hour 14 - Devices

    • Hour 15 - Software

    • Chapter 5 - Mentoring Q & A Session

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Prosecution (Part II: Effectively Responding)

    • Hour 16 - Effectively & Persuasively Arguing 101 Rejections in an Office Action

    • Hour 17 - Effectively & Persuasively Arguing 103 Rejections in an Office Action

    • Hour 18 - Responding to 102 & 112 rejections in an Office Action

    • Chapter 6 - Mentoring Q & A Session

    • Chapter 6 - Homework Assignment - Amendment & Response Exercise

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    Chapter 7 - Prosecution (Part III: Advanced Topics)

    • Hour 19 - Tactics for Speeding up Allowances

    • Hour 20 - Supplementary Prosecution Topics

    • Hour 21 - International Patent Prosecution: Patent Cooperation Treaty

    • Day 7 - Mentoring Q & A Session

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    Day 8 - Prosecution (Part IV)

    • Hour 22 - Filling in the Gaps with the One of EverythingTM File

    • Hour 23 - Filling in the gaps –One of EverythingTM (continued)

    • Hour 24 - Filling in the gaps –One of EverythingTM (continued)

    • Debrief Homework #5

    • Chapter 8 - Mentoring Q & A Session

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    Post Course Resources

    • Strategic use of Design Patents - Best Practices Worldwide Protection (with Tracy Gene Durkin on January 29, 2018)

    • International Design Patents - Best Practices (with Tracy Gene Durkin on April 5, 2018)

    • Patent Prosecution Strategies for Building a Strong Patent Portfolio (with Bob Stoll and Meredith Addy on April 12, 2018)

    • Patent Drafting Best Practices - Latest Trends and Real World Realities (with Jennifer Bailey and Sal Bezos on Nov. 11, 2018)

    • How to Get Your Patent Approved by the EPO (with Rolf Claussen on September 12, 2019)

    • What the CAFC’s Recent 101 Decisions Mean for Software and Wireless Devices (with Bob Stoll and David Hall on Sept. 19, 2019)

    • Prep & Pros to Overcome 101 Rejections (with Sage Patent Group on September 26, 2019)

    • Effective Trade Secret and Patent Strategy (with Peter Toren and Tom Presson on November 14, 2019)

    • Patent Drafting Tips and Techniques to Get and Keep a U.S. Patent (with Kristin Murphy and David Stitzel on Feb. 4, 2020)