About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 115-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum, our invaluable experiential learning opportunities, and the breadth and depth of our specialized areas of concentration and certificate offerings.
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- + AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
- BUSINESS LAW
- MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY LAW
- PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
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- UNDERGRADUATE COURSES AND PROGRAMS
- CORPORATE AND CUSTOM EDUCATION
- + NON-DEGREE PROGRAMS
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- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Patent Drafting and Prosecution (Spring 2017)
- Course Number: LAW-838
- Class Number: 03606
- Instructor: Marc E. Brown and Matthew McCloskey
Students will learn how to prepare and prosecute U.S. patent applications, as well as an overview of design and foreign patent prosecution. Practical advice will be provided as students study key statutes, rules, and patent office guidelines. Students will put what they learn to practice. Students will draft patent claims, a patent application, a response to a patent office action, a request for an examiner interview, and a summary of examiner interview. Each student will also have an individual conference with a mock inventor, law firm partner and patent examiner.
- Use of course knowledge
- Types of patents
- Overview of patent law and claims
- Drafting patent claims
- Drafting other parts of patent application
- Inventor interviews
- Law firm partner interviews
Considerations when filing
- Benefits of early filing
- Public disclosure of invention before filing
- Who may apply for patent
- Securing filing date
- Inventor oath/declaration
- Fee reductions for small/micro entity status
- Pre-grant publication of application
- Expediting examination
- Power of attorney
- Overview of process after filing
Before first office action
- Preliminary amendments
- Duty of disclosure
- Correction of inventors
- Office actions
Responding to office actions
- Non-prior-art rejections
- Prior Art rejections
- Final office actions
- Examiner interviews
- Revival of abandoned application
- Notices of allowance
- Descendant applications
Post-issuance actions by patent owner
- Certificate of correction
- Ex parte reexamination
- Supplemental examination
- Reissue application
- Maintenance fees
Post-issuance challenges by third parties
- Post grant review
- Inter partes review
- Covered business method review
- Design patents
- Foreign patents
- Final exam
Objective final. Counts for 50% of grade.
Class recording access
Access to class recordings will be provided for excused absences.
You may request a conference on campus with Marc E. Brown the morning before any class or by phone at other times with either instructor. Please send an email proposing a desired time to Marc E. Brown or Matthew McCloskey
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
- Schedule: W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Room 114
- Exam: In-class exam
- Writing Requirement: No
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
- Participation: Points may be added or subtracted
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