This advanced program is designed for corporate and other in-house practitioners or outside counsel with patent experience who wish to improve their patent preparation and prosecution skills, including drafting the specification and claims for U.S. and foreign patent applications, conducting examiner interviews, including a live demo of a WebEx interview, and drafting effective Office Action responses. 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 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to get your client’s patent applications allowed. In addition, faculty will provide counsel on the implementation by the USPTO of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, including post-grant review proceedings such as inter partes reviews. 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 workshops is 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).
MBHB Partners Lawrence Aaronson, Joseph Herndon, Thomas Wettermann and Donald Zuhn, Jr., Ph.D. are featured presenters.