2-Day Program

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Overview

Why You Should Attend

PLI’s Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2020: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing is designed for corporate and other in-house practitioners or outside counsel with advanced patent experience who wish to hone their patent preparation and prosecution skills. This highly comprehensive program will focus on technology-specific sciences and offer attendees an exceptional opportunity to work in an intimate and interactive setting by receiving individualized feedback and targeted guidance from experienced patent practitioners skilled in the various arts. If you wish to greatly improve drafting specifications and claims for U.S. and foreign patent applications, conducting Examiner interviews, and drafting effective Office Action responses, you need to attend this event!

What You Will Learn

PLI’s Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2020 features clinic sessions and workshops organized into four technology sections: Biotechnology, Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Electromechanical and Electronics/Computers. Concurrent breakout clinics will address and discuss advanced specification and claim drafting issues, as well as patent prosecution matters of importance. Concurrent workshops will provide realistic claim drafting and amendment writing exercises, practical techniques to avoid prosecution pitfalls and tips to obtain strong, durable patents equipped to withstand patentability challenges.

Additional lectures will focus on prosecution lessons learned from post-grant proceedings, best practices to address invalidity and enforcement issues at the USPTO, patent eligibility under section 101 and Alice, an update on the latest USPTO guidance and recent case law, and roundtable discussions in advanced patent prosecution issues. 

Highlights include:

  • A deep dive into drafting patent specifications, including the written description, enablement, and best mode requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 112, drafting the specification to support claims in the major foreign jurisdictions, and practical tips for ensuring the specification is truly a primary source of claim interpretation
  • A review of advanced claim drafting issues specific to each technology discipline, focusing on language and techniques to avoid, tips for improvement and recent Federal Circuit case law applicable to each technology
  • Advanced discussions in post-KSR decisions and strategies for avoiding prosecution disclaimer and prosecution history estoppel, subject matter eligibility, compliance with the duty of disclosure, performing Examiner interviews, and Track 1 prioritized examination specific to each technology

Special Features include:

  • Sharpen patent writing skills by drafting and reviewing patent claims with experienced patent practitioners in technologically distinct small clinic groups
  • Hear lectures on critical patent application topics
  • Identify ethical considerations in patent prosecution (earn one hour of Ethics credit)

Who Should Attend

This advanced program is designed for corporate and other in-house practitioners or outside counsel with advanced 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, and drafting effective Office Action responses.

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