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 already posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at the course “Designing Around Valid U.S. Patents”, and today we’ll describe the benefits of taking Art and Science of Patent Searching, which will teach you how to conduct a systematic prior art search with greater efficiency and precision!
General Information: Art and Science of Patent Searching
- Course Dates: March 25, 2012 – March 27, 2012
- Course Times: 8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Sun-Mon); 8:15-11:30 (Tues). Workshop: 1:30-4:45 (Tues)
- Projected CLE: 15.0 hours
- Instructors: Matthew Luby, Jonathan Skovholt, and Brian Thurmond.
- For more detailed information on this course, visit this page of the PRG website
Why Should You Take This Course?
The Art and Science of Patent Searching course is designed to benefit a broad audience including novice searchers, seasoned patent practitioners, and search professionals. The course also provides unbiased, detailed information concerning the latest databases and tools of the trade. Expert tips from search professionals are provided to enable high-level patent research through proper scoping, structuring, and performance of the search. Patent practitioners will recognize that a robust understanding of the prior art is a vital part of the patent process, particularly in view of accelerated examination demands and the America Invents Act.
- How to approach a search in a systematic, methodical, and exhaustive manner.
- How to properly scope the search before 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 conducting a patentability, validity, or infringement patent searches.
- Issues unique to searching within specific technical disciplines.
- Approaches to searching non-English language patents and published applications.
- Approaches to searching non-patent literature.
- Approaches to reporting search results.
- Differences between the major patent search engines and important considerations in selecting an appropriate search tool.
- Ways to get high-level information from patent search results.
- The basics of several peripheral topics including the use of the USPTO search templates, searching for accelerated examination, and searching using industry standards.
Registration, Hotel Information, FAQs, and Special Offers:
- If you’re interested in registering online for this Spring 2012 Advanced Course, visit this page on the PRG website!
- You can also view the Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Catalog, which included a print registration form.
- Visit this page for more information on the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Spring, FL.
- Want general information on PRG’s Advanced Courses? Visit this FAQ page.
- And finally, learn about all the ways you can save through PRG’s Special Offers!