Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be holding its Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2016: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing seminar on May 10-12, 2016 in Chicago, IL, on June 15-17, 2016 in New York, NY, and on July 6-8, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. The three-day program, which is directed to patent prosecuting and litigating attorneys and patent agents with or without a Patent Office registration number or little patent experience, will focus on teaching the basics of claim drafting, patent application preparation and prosecution, as well as a review of recent developments in the law. A litigator's perspective is also presented to show how drafting and prosecution can influence the development, and often the outcome, of subsequent patent litigation. The seminar will feature lectures in the morning followed by small clinic sessions in the afternoon, with day 1 focusing on invention disclosures and patent preparation, day 2 on prosecution and issuance, and day 3 on litigation and opinion drafting. Lectures will explain:
• How to decide which elements of the invention should be included in the patent application and which aspects should be featured in the claims;
• How to prosecute an application to obtain allowance of an enforceable patent;
• How to interview an Examiner;
• How to use reissues, reexamination supplemental examinations, Inter Partes review and other post-issuance proceedings;
• How to anticipate patent litigation issues during the patent prosecution process; and
• How to approach patent opinion drafting.
PLI faculty will offer presentations on the following topics:
• Taking Invention Disclosures
• Overview of Claim Drafting and Preparation of Patent Application
• Claim Drafting
• Review of Model Claims
• Patent Prosecution
• Conducting the Examiner Interview
• Review of Model Amendment
• Patent Prosecutor Ethics
• Litigation Issues
A program schedule and list of speakers for each of the locations can be found here. Patent Docs authors Kevin Noonan (Chicago co-chair) and Donald Zuhn will be presenting on day 1 at the Chicago seminar.
The registration fee for the conference is $1,895. Those interested in registering for the conference can do so at the PLI website.