Learn All About America Invents Act, European Unitary Patent, “Designing Around” Valid US Patents, and More!

Every professional in the patent field will have the opportunity to learn about crucial patent law, search, and business topics during the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program hosted by Patent Resources Group.  The Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program, held April 7-13, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, will cover a wide variety of highly relevant patent law topics, including:

These are just a few of the popular patent-related topics available through the Advanced Courses, so continue reading for more information about the outstanding Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program!

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Courses for all Types of Patent Professionals: PRG Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program

All types of patent professionals need continuing education to stay current on the latest changes to patent law, new patent search resources,  and the most up-to-date techniques on drafting winning patents. As always, Patent Resources Group stands ready to help all patent professionals, from patent attorneys and agents to prior art searchers, hone their skills and learn about the latest changes to patent law, including  the most significant development in the patent world in a generation: America Invents Act (AIA).  PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA.  In addition, PRG will offer a new, one-day course:  “America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences, and the Unanswered Questions,” that will analyze the overall changes of this legislation.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.

Let’s take a look at the 14 courses offered in the Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program, after the jump!

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Studying for the Patent Bar Exam, from Start to Finish

  If you haven’t passed the Patent Bar yet, do you need some tips on how to prepare for this difficult exam?  A new blog can help you craft the perfect study plan, as you follow a fellow student who chronicles his journey through a Patent Bar Review Course and sitting for the Patent Bar Exam.  Readers who’ve already taken the Exam can compare their own study experiences with the blogger’s journey.  Readers will also be able to interact with the blogger, asking the blogger questions about his study plan or giving him tips on useful strategies and resources.

Read on, and I’ll give you a brief overview of what you can expect from  the new blog Passing the Patent Bar with PRG!

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CLE Courses with Flexibility: Video-on-Demand Courses from PRG

I recently had the opportunity to watch one of Patent Resources Group’s Video-on-Demand (VOD) courses, and I wanted to share a few points I took away from the experience.  I viewed the course “Patent Law Essentials,” a 5.5 hour course taught by  PRG’s Academic Director, Paul Gardner.  Besides getting an excellent overview on the basics of patent law, I also got to view the Video-on-Demand (VOD) interface.  Continue reading to learn the top reasons I was impressed with the course!
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An Interview with Matthew Rodgers: Instructor of PRG’s The Art and Science of Patent Searching

Have you ever conducted a patent search?  If you’ve done a patent search professionally, you will probably agree that there are many specialized techniques and concepts that a user must learn before they can conduct an adequate search.   I recently sat down with Matthew Rodgers, instructor of Patent Resources Group’s Art and Science of Patent Searching course, to discuss exactly how patent searches differ from regular non-patent literature (NPL) searches.

After the jump, Matthew Rodgers describes the nuances of patent searching and how patent professionals can improve their search skills through the Art and Science of Patent Searching!

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Last day to enter the Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes! and What’s up with Intellogist: September edition

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Before I begin this Intellogist Update post, I want to make sure all our readers know that today is the LAST DAY to enter our partner PRG’s fabulous Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes! One (1) lucky winner of the Sweepstakes will be invited to join our sponsor, Patent Resources Group, at the October 2010 Advanced Courses program in Palm Springs, California for a free one-, two-, or three-day course of their choice, including a four-night stay during the program at the world famous Renaissance Esmeralda! The Renaissance Esmeralda was featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List of “World’s Best Places to Stay” and was listed as one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Greatest Hotels in the World.” This prize package is valued at $3,000 USD and includes PRG course and hotel only. Airfare, meals, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses are not included.

Entering the sweepstakes is easy. There are four ways to enter, which gives you a total of four possible entries. If you’ve only entered one way, you’re missing out! Try out these options:

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Take your shot at the Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes

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It’s been almost two weeks since we launched the Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes and we have to say…we’re impressed by your response! Since the sweepstakes runs through September 3rd, it’s not too late to take your shot to stay in a world-class resort in Palm Springs AND take an industry leading one-, two-, or three-day patent education course for free. That’s right, for FREE!

Don’t forget: there are four ways to enter, which gives you a total of four possible entries. If you’ve only entered one way, you’re missing out! Try out these options:

• Like PRG on Facebook (and notify us via email)

• Follow @PRGPatentResources on Twitter and send out a tweet about the sweepstakes using the hashtag and blog link

• Write a blog post about this sweepstakes (and notify us via email)

• Share a publicly available LinkedIn Status update about this contest (and notify us via email)

Make sure to check out all the details on our original Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes post.
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Enter the Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes on LinkedIn

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Patent Resource Group’s “Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes” has been a great success thus far. With the help of your input we’re about to make it even better!

Is LinkedIn more your style? Now you can enter the Sweepstakes via LinkedIn, our fourth way to enter!

To enter via LinkedIn, post a Status Update available to everyone (see details below) mentioning this sweepstakes and using this link (http://bit.ly/aPhfTR). Much like the blog entry, get creative and surprise us! You can:

  • Talk about a previous experience at a PRG Course
  • Explain which October Advanced Course you’d like to take
  • Tell us what your favorite part of patent law is

…or anything else! After doing so, make sure to send an email to request@landon-ip.com with a link to your LinkedIn profile letting us know about your Status Update so that we can enter you in the sweepstakes and contact you if you win.

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Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes

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Imagine escaping to Palm Springs, California and staying in style at a beautiful sanctuary in the desert with amazing views of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Playing a round of championship golf, enjoying a few sets of tennis, relaxing at the swimming pool, or socializing in the lounge. Many people dream of taking peaceful, idyllic trips such as this but it’s a luxury few can afford in this economic climate and, if you can afford it, there is often too much work to do and not enough time to do it. What if I were to tell you that you can enjoy this peaceful, four star, oasis in the desert for an amazing low rate while taking patent education courses that can unlock your potential as a patent professional, help improve your practice, and allow you to network with your peers all while earning CLE credits?

You’ve got to admit, that’s hard to beat.

But it’s not impossible because, starting today, you have the chance to stay in a world-class resort in Palm Springs AND take an industry leading one-, two-, or three-day patent education course for free. That’s right, for FREE!

Patent Resources Group, in partnership with Intellogist, is pleased to offer the Patent Law in Palm Springs Sweepstakes starting August 12, 2010 and running through September 3, 2010. One (1) lucky winner will be invited to join our sponsor, Patent Resources Group, at the October 2010 Advanced Courses program in Palm Springs, California for a free one-, two-, or three-day course of their choice, including a four-night stay during the program at the world famous Renaissance Esmeralda! The Renaissance Esmeralda was featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List of “World’s Best Places to Stay” and was listed as one of Travel + Leisure’s “500 Greatest Hotels in the World.” This prize package is valued at $3,000 USD and includes PRG course and hotel only. Airfare, meals, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses are not included.

Available courses include:

…and 8 other great programs.

Entering is easy (update on 8/13/2010: and we’ve added a fourth way to enter–LinkedIn!), so just read on and we’ll lay out all the details for your chance to win.
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Bilski for the rest of us

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It seems like everyone’s got a take on Bilski v. Kappos, the biggest US Supreme Court ruling on patents since KSR. The blogs and tweets are out in full force trying to determine exactly what the decision means. For people without a law background, much of this can be confusing and nuanced. We’ve asked Michael C. Rau, Esq. to explain Bilski in layman’s terms, and what he presented to us gave us a new insight into this big moment in patent law history. Mr. Rau is the Director of Computing and Business Methods for Landon IP. Mr. Rau’s background includes stints as a registered and practicing patent attorney, and several executive positions within the media and communications industry.

Patent Resources Group (PRG), our sister company, is providing an exhaustive course entitled “The Bilski Impact: Procuring and Enforcing Software, Business Methods & Bioinformatics Patents” that goes beyond “What does Bilski mean?” and delves into “How can I apply Bilski to my patent related business efforts?” This three day course will be taught from October 3-5 as part of PRG’s October Advanced Courses in Palm Springs, CA. For more information about the course and how to register, go to The Bilski Impact course page on PRG’s website.

Without further ado, here’s Mr. Rau’s explanation of the Bilski decision:

You may have seen in the newspapers this morning a story on the Supreme Court decisions released Monday. One of these was an important patent-related decision dealing with the extent of subject matter that may be considered patentable – what kinds of processes are patentable and what kinds are not. “Important” because there are not very many Supreme Court decisions that deal with patents or patent law. It was a long-awaited decision, and probably will be remembered more for what it did not do than what it actually did. The decision is Bilski v. Kappos.
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