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Patent Drafting and Prosecution (Spring 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-838
- Class Number: 03603
- Instructor: Marc E. Brown
Students will take a training journey with the instructor through the world of U.S. patent drafting and prosecution. After appropriate classroom instruction, each student will draft patent claims, a patent application, and a response to a rejection. An overview of post-grant patent challenges, design patents, and foreign patent prosecution will also be provided.
Prerequisite(s); Co-Requisite(s); Concurrent Enrollment: none
Recommended Preparation: Patent Law (LAW-810)
Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
Exam: In-class final exam
Writing Requirement: No
Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
Enrollment Limitation: 14 students
Before each class, students should study and prepare to discuss the slides for each class (download from Blackboard), as well as the edited legal authority (statutes, rules, guidelines, and cases) that is cited in these slides (download from Blackboard).
The three written homework assignments (patent claims, a patent application, and a response to a patent office action) will be graded (collectively 50% of grade), as well as the multiple-choice final exam (also 50% of the grade). The final grade may be adjusted up to ±3% based on class participation.
The three written homework assignments should be submitted on Blackboard by the deadlines specified in Blackboard.
Uses of course knowledge
Overview of patent law and claims
Drafting patent claims
Drafting other parts of patent application
Law firm partner interviews
Considerations when filing
Benefits of early filing
Public disclosure of invention before filing
Who may apply for patent
Fee reductions for small/micro entity status
Pre-grant publication of application
Power of attorney
Overview of application process after filing
Filings before first office action
Information Disclosure Statements
Correction of inventors
Responding to office actions
Prior art rejections
Final office actions
Revival of abandoned applications
Notices of allowance
Post-issuance actions by patent owner
Post-issuance challenges by third parties
- 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
- Pre-requisites: Patent Law is recommended.
- Enrollment Limitation: 14 students
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