Students learn how to prepare and prosecute U.S. patent applications, as well as an overview of post-grant proceedings and design and foreign patent prosecution.
Specifically, students will learn how to:
Prepare effective U.S. utility patent applications (classes 1-6). As part of this, each student will draft patent claims and then a complete patent application.
Prosecute U.S. utility patent applications through grant and key considerations along the way (classes 7-12).
Respond effectively to rejections of U.S. utility patent applications (classes 8-12). As part of this, each student will draft a complete response to a real patent office action rejection.
Interview patent examiners concerning rejections of U.S. utility patent applications (class 11). As part of this, each student will draft a request for a patent examiner interview, participate in a (mock) patent examiner interview, and draft a summary of that interview.
Determine best approach for amending and/or strengthening granted patents (class 13).
Recognize opportunities for and consequences of challenging third-party patents in patent office (class 13).
Recognize opportunities for design patents (class 14)
Plan and schedule foreign counterpart patent prosecution (class 14).