Patent Law Changes Accelerate Need for Continuing Legal Education
Alexandria, Va. (January 5, 2009)—Recent changes to patent law have created an overwhelming need for patent professionals to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date.
In October 2008, the Court of Appeals at the Federal Circuit handed down a controversial decision in the In re Bilski case, sending some patent law experts scrambling to understand its potential impact. The decision sought to more concretely define eligibility of business method patents, which some patent law experts believe will have a negative impact on software patents.
Additionally, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is in the process of implementing new rules for processing appeals, which have risen nearly 30% over the past year. The new rules, originally set to take effect on December 10 but recently postponed by the USPTO, seek to streamline the patent process. Some in the industry believe the new rules make obtaining a patent through an appeal more difficult and costly.
“Patent law is constantly evolving,” says Paul Gardner, Academic Director of Patent Resources Group, the nation’s leading patent education firm. “If professionals do not keep up with the changes to the law, they will undermine their success at prosecuting patent applications and litigating patent cases.”
This April, Patent Resources Group will host a combination of 19 different one- and three-day Advanced Courses between April 19 and 25 in Orlando, Fla. The courses are designed to provide practicing patent attorneys and professionals with comprehensive strategies for applying patent law and to keep them up-to-date with the most recent changes to the patent field. This year marks the 40th year that Patent Resources Group has offered patent professionals courses for expanding their knowledge and skills in patent law practice.
Courses offered include “The Bilski Impact,” which addresses the implications of the controversial In re Bilski decision from the CAFC, and “When, Why and How to Effectively Appeal to the USPTO Board of Appeals and Interferences,” which is designed to train professionals to effectively manage appeals at the USPTO.
Other featured courses include such staples as “The Art and Science of Patent Searching,” “Pharma & Biotech Strategies,” and “Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents.”