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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Should you take a Patent Bar Review course?

Passing the Patent Bar is a necessary step if you want to file and prosecute patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is not necessary to become an Attorney prior to taking the Patent Bar. Those who pass the Patent Bar without admission to a state or territorial bar are registered as Patent Agents, and those who have been admitted to a state or territorial bar AND have passed the Patent Bar are granted the registered title of Patent Attorney.

Prior to becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, and in addition to taking and passing the Patent Bar, a few qualifications must be met. According to MPEP § 11.7, among all the other qualifications, applicants notably must have “(C) Satisfactory proof of scientific and technical qualifications.” In practice this most often means a bachelor’s level college degree in a science or engineering field, although there are exceptions and caveats.

Many people faced with the Patent Bar wonder if it’s really worth taking a study course prior to taking the big test. Several people have asked me if it’s really worth the extra money to prepare yourself when you could just scrape by paying the exam fee and buying some old materials on eBay.
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