Archive for February, 2009

Deadline Looms for Future Leaders Scholarship

Applications must be post-marked by February 27, 2009

Alexandria, Va. (February 20, 2009)-Law students looking to enter patent law may miss their window of opportunity to get a free boost to their careers. The March 6 deadline for entering the Future Leaders Scholarship is now only two weeks away, with mailed applications needing to be post-marked by February 27.

Launched last December, the Future Leaders Scholarship is open to all full-time law students who are eligible to sit for the Patent Bar examination. Winners receive full tuition to Patent Resources Group’s Patent Bar Review course, including travel and hotel costs, a value of more than $5,000.

“The Future Leaders Scholarship is the perfect opportunity for enterprising patent law students to launch their careers,” says Patent Resources Group’s Academic Director Paul Gardner. “The scholarship will not only equip recipients with the tools needed to pass the Patent Bar exam, but also to attain the highest levels of professional achievement.”

Once scholarship winners pass the Patent Bar exam, they will also be reimbursed for the patent agent fee charged by the U.S. Patent and Trade Office to become a patent agent.  Scholarship winners will be chosen based on proven academic achievement.

More information and a downloadable application are available at www.patentresources.com/scholarship.

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Patent Professionals Learn New Strategies to

Improve IP Profitability

Four New Patent Education Courses Focus on Enhancing Patent Practice to Grow IP Revenue

Alexandria, Va. (February 17, 2009)-Maximizing the value of intellectual property is a top priority this year for businesses around the world. Patent Resources Group, the nation’s leading patent educator, is helping companies and law firms to stretch their IP capital by introducing four new courses that teach cutting-edge strategies for practicing patent law and growing their clients’ bottom line.

Debuting at the upcoming Advanced Courses program in Orlando, Fla. (April 19-25), the new courses will give patent professionals the tools needed to advance their careers while growing the profitability of the patents they manage.

The new courses include:

  • Management of Intellectual Property: The Use of IP in Business , taught by Howard Rockman, Independent Patent Attorney
  • Patent Claim Interpretation, taught by Edward Manzo, Founding Partner, Cook Alex, Ltd.
  • Fundamental Building Blocks for Creating and Enforcing the FDA Orange Book Listable US Patent, taught by Tom Irving, Partner, Scott Lee, Attorney, Lauren Stevens, Ph.D., Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Reexamination and Reissue Practice, taught by Barton Giddings, Partner, Kevin Lawrence, Partner, Matthew Phillips, Partner, Stoel River, LLP

“Businesses and law firms today are looking for strategies that will have the biggest impact on their bottom line, for the lowest cost,” says Vice President, Vanessa Brown. “Patent professionals at all levels of their career can create value for their employers by making sure their skills are up-to-date.”

Complete course descriptions for all of Patent Resources Group’s courses can be found online at www.patentresources.com.

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Patent Resources Group Wins Certification from Japan Patent Attorneys Association

First Non-Japanese Firm to Open Doors to Japanese Patent Professionals, Students

Alexandria, Va. (February 9, 2009)-Patent Resources Group (PRG), the nation’s leading patent education firm, has become the first non-Japanese legal education provider to earn certification from the Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA). The JPAA granted official accreditation to PRG on January 28, 2009.

As individual courses are approved, Japanese patent attorneys will now be able to earn credit for attending Patent Resources Group’s patent education programs, which include Patent Bar Review courses, Workshops and Advanced Courses. PRG has provided professionals and students with comprehensive strategies for practicing patent law since 1969. All courses are taught by an acclaimed group of the industry’s most experienced attorneys, litigators and strategists, who guide students to successfully apply patent law to real-world intellectual property issues.

“I am pleased that the JPAA has recognized Patent Resources Group’s exceptional quality and that we will now be able to actively meet Japan’s IP educational needs,” says Takaharu Nakashima, Patent Resources Group’s Director of Asian Markets. “As patents in the global economy grow in significance, Japanese professionals must focus more on strategic planning, practice and utilization of intellectual property rights. With 40 years of history and knowledge, we believe PRG will be the educational bridge between the U.S. and Japan.”

The JPAA is the Japanese regulatory body that oversees patent education in Japan. According to the Japanese Patent Office[update], there are more than 6,800 patent attorneys and agents practicing in Japan.

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