6-Hour Program

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Why You Should Attend

The Supreme Court continues its interest in the U.S. patent system. Helsinn is now baked in; is more coming? 35 USC 101 remains unsettled while hope for statutory adjustment waxes and wanes. The CAFC continues to muddle, with the occasional morsel of guidance, but has found no consistent path through Mayo/Myriad/Alice. The USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines helped in prosecution; but where will we be in the years and decades ahead – during the enforcement period of patents now prosecuted and acquired? 

This program includes 35 USC 101, patent eligibility, and the touchstones of patentability: prior art (102), obviousness (103), disclosure and claiming (112). Obtain a working understanding of recent statutory interpretations, case law, case studies, along with some perspective on the future of both.

What You Will Learn

  • Section 101: any predictability?
  • 102 prior art – explaining it to clients
  • Understanding the “effective filing date” in global terms
  • Simplifying the 102(b) exceptions to prior art
  • A comprehensive review of KSR and 103 via the CAFC and PTAB
  • What to look out for and avoid for 112(a) and 112(b)
  • Predictions as to statutory adjustment in 2021 for 101 and 112

Who Should Attend

The program is geared to patent lawyers who have familiarity with existing 35 USC Sections 101/102/103/112 and regularly work with the statute in either litigation or patent prosecution. The course will advance the knowledge of all attendees from their respective starting points and provide new insights into the statute, recent amendments, and case law.


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