PLI’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation

May 8-10, 2018 | Chicago

PLI’s Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation

Day One – May 8: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

9:00 a.m.: Opening Remarks 
A review of the three-day schedule.

Dr. Kevin E. Noonan, Partner, MBHB 

10:15 a.m.: An Overview of Claim Drafting and Preparation of a Patent Application

Learn how to analyze the invention disclosure, prepare drawings and claims, choose embodiments, and prepare the specification and file the patent application.

Dr. Donald L. Zuhn, Jr., Partner, MBHB


2:00 p.m.: Clinic I: Patent Claim Drafting

You will analyze and draft claims to a sample invention. Your claims will be reviewed and analyzed in small groups and one-on-one with the clinic instructor.

Dr. Kevin E. Noonan, Partner, MBHB

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).

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

  • Learn 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

  • Understand how to prosecute an application to obtain allowance of an enforceable patent

  • Find out how to interview an Examiner

  • Discover effective uses of reissues, reexamination supplemental examinations, inter partes review, post-grant review and other post-issuance proceedings

  • Determine best practices how to anticipate patent litigation issues during the patent prosecution process

  • Get helpful approaches on patent opinion drafting

  • Learn how to prepare infringement/invalidity claim charts for litigation


Special Features

  • Hear morning lectures on critical patent application topics

  • Participate in small group clinics with experienced patent prosecutors to review the homework and also develop and polish patent writing skills

  • Recognize potential 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.

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