U.S. Patent Practice: What Every European Practioner Should Know

U.S. and European patent practice differ in many essential ways. The comprehensive program of this course, with practical examples, will highlight and explain these differences from the US point of view, giving delegates a better understanding of the US system, and enabling them to work more effectively with their US counterparts and draft applications that can most effectively serve as priority applications in the US.


  • The latest changes in statutory law, including the provisions of the AIA
  • Claim construction – the different ways the USPTO and the courts determine claim meaning and scope
  • Successful US claim drafting – tools, strategies and pitfalls
  • Novelty and the transition to ‘First-to-File’ under the AIA
  • Double Patenting – a trap for the unwary corporate client
  • Fulfilling the Duty of Candor and avoiding the scourge of inequitable conduct
  • Patent prosecution: Rules, Regulations and Best practices, including restriction and continuation practice
  • Direct and Indirect Infringement – including liability of suppliers and contractors
  • Patent Litigation – and how to protect against the liberal discovery in US courts
  • And much more


The course has been designed for:

  • Corporate Patent Counsel
  • Patent Attorneys from corporate and private practice
  • Intellectual Property Consultants
  • Patent Managers and Engineers
  • Company Legal Advisers
  • All those involved with patent protection in the United States
  • Anyone drafting patent applications that might serve as a priority in the U.S.



  • Lisa Schoedel, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP, Chicago
  • James Suggs, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, LLP, Chicago


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Management Forum

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