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Plan ahead so that you don’t miss out on PRG’s Winning Patents Workshop!  Two Workshops will be hosted by PRG in July and August:

  • When: 17 Jul 12 – 20 Jul 12
    Where: PRG Alexandria Training Center – Alexandria, VA
  • When: 31 Jul 12 – 03 Aug 12
    Where: Radisson Hotel Newport Beach – Newport Beach, CA  

    Radisson Hotel Newport Beach (left) and PRG Alexandria Training Center (right).

Workshop Description

The Winning Patents Workshop is designed specifically for entry-level patent practitioners – those with up to two years of patent drafting and prosecution experience. Through three days of lectures and an interactive, small-group exercise on the last day, attendees will:

  • Learn prudent practices for preparing and prosecuting applications that maximize the value of patents obtained for their clients.
  • Develop an understanding of current Federal Circuit case law, which can result in claims being either unduly narrowly interpreted, and therefore held to be not infringed, or held to be invalid for lack of written description or enablement support.
  • Appreciate what ought to be said – and not said – in the specifications, claims, and responses to Office actions, and why.
  • Compose and prosecute a patent application in their chosen technology (chemical, mechanical/electrical, or biotechnology), based on a disclosure, prior art, and Office actions carefully created by PRG.

General Information

For more information and to register online, by fax, or by mail, visit this page on the PRG website.

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PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA.  We’ve posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at a variety of courses: “Designing Around Valid U.S. Patents” , Art and Science of Patent Searching, Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents, and Chemical Patent Practice.  Our course highlighted today focuses on the intricacies of the Patent Cooperation Treaty: Comprehensive PCT Practice – How to Master Its Challenges.

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Landon IP, in conjunction with partner Patent Resources Group (PRG), is excited to present a training course specifically targeting patent professionals who need to better understand how to perform patent searches.

Art & Science of Patent Searching — Patentability, Validity & Infringement is taught by Jonathan Skovholt and Brian Thurmond, expert patent professionals from Landon IP’s Patent Search Group, who provide strategic guidance to legal and corporate customers worldwide. Landon IP is the largest domestic patent search company and wrote the book on patent searching — Patent Searching: Tools & Techniques. Updated strategies from this text form the basis for this course.

Topics to be covered in this three-day course will include, but are not limited to:

  • How to approach a search in a systematic, methodical, and exhaustive way
  • How to properly scope the search before even beginning
  • How to carefully search by classification, text query progression, and citations, knowing the benefits and pitfalls of each
  • Both the major differences and subtle nuances in the steps for conducting a patentability, validity, or infringement patent search
  • The differences between the major patent search engines and important considerations in selecting an appropriate search tool

This course is appropriate for both those who conduct patent searches and those who commission them. It is designed for patent attorneys and agents, inventors, paralegals, and research managers and will be understood by anyone from the inexperienced to advanced practitioners.

We’re offering Art & Science of Patent Searching on March 25-27, 2012 as part of PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses program at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. The final half-day of the three-day course is an optional, hands-on Patent Searching Workshop, where attendees have a chance to practice searching alongside the course instructor.

For more information on this course, see Spring 2012 Course Highlight: Art and Science of Patent Searching.

Spaces are filling up, so anyone wanting to take this course should register today! Use the links below to:

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Here is a round-up of useful links for anyone studying for the Patent Bar Exam, posted over at the blog Passing the Patent Bar with PRG:

During Chris Casson’s journey to passing the Patent Bar Exam, he mentioned a number of links to websites that will be useful to anyone wanting to register and study for the Patent Bar Exam.  Here is a round-up of some of those important resources:

See the rest of the links over at Passing the Patent Bar with PRG!

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PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA.  We’ve posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at a variety of courses: “Designing Around Valid U.S. Patents” , Art and Science of Patent Searching, and Crafting and Drafting Winning Patents.  Now let’s look at a specialized course for chemical patent practitioners: Chemical Patent Practice.

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PRG’s Advanced Courses provide the perfect opportunity for you to get the professional training you need and to keep current with the latest developments in patent law. All our returning courses are updated every year to reflect the impact of relevant case law and other developments at the USPTO and the courts. For our Spring 2012 program (March 25-31), these updates include any changes needed to reflect the impact of the America Invents Act (AIA).

We’re also offering a special one-day course, focusing entirely on the AIA, that every practitioner needs to take.

Special Tuition Offer: Standard tuition for the one-day AIA course is $995, but get a special rate of only $495 if you also sign up for a three-day course at this program! The AIA course is conveniently scheduled between the two three-day sessions, to make it as easy as possible for everyone to attend.

So join us in Bonita Springs, FL on March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.

Use the links below to:
Check out our detailed program catalog
Register by fax or mail
Register online

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PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA.  We’ve  posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at the courses “Designing Around Valid U.S. Patents” and the Art and Science of Patent Searching.  Today’s course highlight is for experienced patent professional who want to learn the art of Crafting & Drafting Winning Patents!
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