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

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] 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!

America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences and the Unanswered Questions (March 28, 6.0 hours) –  As all of us in the patent profession know, the time has come for us to become intimately familiar with the new law, some portions of which have already become effective, others of which will become effective on September 16, 2012, and the remainder of which will become effective on March 16, 2013. The content of this course and its accompanying materials (including a black line edition of Title 35 showing the removed language of the statute stricken-through and the added language underlined, and with a reprint of the House Judiciary Committee Report 112-98 summarizing the purposes, background and perceived reasons that stimulated the changes) were created in an effort to assist patent professionals in acquiring a more or less profound understanding of the new law, its consequences, and the important issues raised by the changes but left unanswered.  Learn about a special offer that cuts the tuition cost in half for this course!

Art and Science of Patent Searching (March 25-27, 15.0 hours, optional Searching Workshop) – The course presents a systematic process for performing prior art searches with greater efficiency and precision. It is designed to benefit a broad audience including novice searchers, seasoned patent practitioners, and search professionals. The course also provides unbiased, detailed information concerning the latest databases and tools of the trade. Expert tips from search professionals are provided to enable high-level patent research through proper scoping, structuring, and performance of the search. Patent practitioners will recognize that a robust understanding of the prior art is a vital part of the patent process, particularly in view of accelerated examination demands and the America Invents Act.  Read more about this course and the expert instructor Matthew Rodgers in this interview.

Chemical Patent Practice (March 25-27,  16.5 hours) – Are you well-versed on how chemical claims are constructed and construed? Well enough to avoid an overly narrow, often disastrous claim construction leading to a royalty-free transfer of patented technology to your competitor? Well enough not to trip up on obviousness post-KSR? If you’d like to answer these questions with a resounding “yes” then you should attend the highly-acclaimed, comprehensive Chemical Patent Practice course.

Comprehensive PCT Practice: How to Master Its Challenges (March 25-27, 15.0 hours) – This Comprehensive PCT course discusses:

  • when the use of the PCT is advantageous and when it is not;
  • the effects on patent term based on the first (priority) application;
  • selection of international authorities under the PCT for greatest advantage;
  • the information received by applicants during the PCT process;
  • entering the national phase;
  • upcoming changes in the PCT;
  • a host of other PCT-related topics.

In addition, the course presents the growing information available from the WIPO Internet site via the PATENTSCOPE® search tool.  The Comprehensive PCT course includes a detailed look at patent-related provisions of the Paris Convention.

Crafting & Drafting Winning Patents (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) – Learn the areas of chaos in Federal Circuit jurisprudence of primary concern to practitioners who prepare and prosecute patents. The course will focus on a series of cases where the patent owner lost, not because of what the litigators did, but because of how the patent practitioners drafted and prosecuted the application. Compounding the problem is the time pressure created by moving to a first-inventor-to-file system under the recently enacted America Invents Act (“AIA”) and the anticipated increase in the filings of provisional applications — with their many traps for the unwary. The course will teach you how to write provisional applications and draft and prosecute nonprovisional patent applications to avoid these pitfalls.

“Designing Around” Valid U.S. Patents (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) – The Designing Around course distills the patent infringement analysis into comprehensive yet concise step-by-step checklists that can be used by attorneys at all experience levels to assist their clients in developing competitive, noninfringing products.

Drafting Patent License Agreements (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) – The course lays the groundwork for a clause-by-clause examination of all significant elements of the patent licensing agreement. The practical questions always focused on are how and whether each element is sufficient to serve the business needs of the parties while remaining legally viable. The main components of typical licensing agreements, from the opening part through the execution and authentication provisions, are examined in detail. Practical, hypothetical illustrative examples are used, often in workshop form, with carefully crafted problem handouts distributed to the attendees during the course.

Due Diligence Investigations (March 25-27, 15.0 hours) – In these difficult economic times, now is the time for the patent practitioner to be empowered to increase his suitor clients’ revenues, with excellent return on investment, by becoming a master due diligence provider on both acquisitions of targets’ IP and license-ins of that IP. By the same token, those who represent the targets must know the principles of power for molding the targets’ IP strategies to maximize income from either takeovers or license-outs. The critically acclaimed Due Diligence course is designed to raise your game to new levels, whether you are representing suitors or targets.

Federal Circuit Law (2010-2012) (March 25-27, 15.0 hours) – Each week the Federal Circuit publishes opinions that materially “clarify” and sometimes “alter” existing practice. One cannot competently practice as a patent attorney today, in prosecution, litigation, counseling or licensing without an understanding of the Federal Circuit’s most recent opinions. The distinguished faculty of Federal Circuit Law (2010-2012) will expertly guide you through two years of relevant and up-to-the-minute cases in an interactive lecture format that encourages active attendee participation. Moreover, lecturers will discuss new cases in the context of prior cases (many outside the two-year time span), thus giving you not only “current law,” but also a perspective on how the law has changed.

Patent Damages (March 25-27, 15.0 hours) – Patent damages, an essential remedy for patent holders, is a crucial area of the law for all patent practitioners to understand, whether representing patentees or alleged infringers. This course will equip patent practitioners with the tools necessary to knowledgeably and expertly advocate their clients’ damages demands by exploring the underlying basis for patent damages, how to calculate a reasonable royalty, establishment of lost profits in a patent damages case, evaluation of forum-shopping considerations, enhanced damages, and innovative damage arguments as well as a comparative analysis of U.S. patent damages to patent damages in other countries. This course will discuss and provide the latest case law from the Federal Circuit, and comprehensively cover the current state of the law regarding patent damages.

Patent Infringement Litigation (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) – This course is the most practical, immediately usable patent infringement litigation course ever presented by Patent Resources Group (and by any institution). The focus is on patent litigation (not litigation in general). The course starts at the first concept of the idea to litigate and the critical initial decision to file suit, continues through discovery and trial, and on to the end of post-trial motions, as well as initial defensive considerations and developing and implementing defensive strategies throughout the case. The course includes a live demonstration of a Markman hearing and a section on damages and injunctive relief. The course is designed for and directed to corporate counsel who have or expect to have patent litigation supervision responsibilities; experienced litigators who seek to acquire increased competence and abilities in this expanding practice specialty; and private practitioners with limited litigation experience seeking to expand their practice.

Pharma & Biotech Strategies for Patent Prosecution, Hatch-Waxman and Litigation (March 25-27, 16.5 hours) – In an industry where billions of dollars often hinge on the viability of a single patent claim, you can’t afford to make mistakes. Brush up on the skills needed to prosecute, evaluate, and enforce pharmaceutical and biotech claims in an ever-changing legal and economic climate. Learn cutting-edge techniques for putting the Hatch-Waxman laws to work for your company’s benefit. This highly regarded course is taught by an experienced team who puts it all together for you.

Post-Grant Patent Practice: Review, Reexamination, Reissue, and Supplemental Examination (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) – This two-and-a-half-day course provides comprehensive training on indispensable tools for patent prosecutors and litigators, including new tools created by the AIA:

  • Ex parte reexamination
  • Inter partes reexamination
  • Post-grant review (new under the AIA)
  • Inter partes review (new under the AIA)
  • Transitional program to review business method patents (new under the AIA)
  • Reissue
  • Supplemental examination (new under the AIA)

Procuring & Enforcing Business Method & Other Software-Based Patents After Bilski & BMC (March 29-31, 15.0 hours) –  The America Invents Act impacts software patents in general and business method patents in particular.  Specifically, a new inter partes review proceeding is available during litigation for defendants to challenge certain business method patents at the USPTO on a wide variety of invalidity grounds.

This course addresses the difficult and sophisticated task of how best to claim, prosecute, and litigate software-based inventions in their rich variety so as to have their patents held not invalid and infringed by the Federal Circuit. But that rich variety requires a variety of disparate claiming, specification drafting, prosecution, and litigating techniques.

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.


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