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PRG’s Winning Patents Workshop provides a strong foundation for entry-level practitioners with up to two years of experience.  The Workshop teaches the skills necessary to produce better patent applications in the current world of patent case law.

Like every other aspect of patent law, drafting patent applications has been impacted by the passage of the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA).  We have already updated the Winning Patents Workshop for 2012 so that it not only reflects the latest case law, but also reflects changes introduced by the AIA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros who know how to win at the Federal Circuit!

Sign up today for either our East Coast or West Coast Workshops:

  • July 17-20, 2012 — Washington, DC
  • July 31 – August 3, 2012 — Newport Beach, CA (Orange Country)

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The PRG Patent Bar Review Course is coming to a city near you!  Get the best preparation for the Patent Bar Exam by attending one of these Classroom Courses that will be held in cities across the US:

  • May 7-11, 2012, Chicago, IL – Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
  • June 18-22, 2012, Boston, MA – Revere Hotel Boston Common (formerly the Radisson Hotel Boston)
  • September 10-14, 2012, New York, NY – Executive Conference Center
  • November 5-9, 2012, San Francisco, CA – Executive Conference Center, 55 Fourth Street
  • Your Home or Office, Anytime during 2012 – Patent Bar Review Online Video Course

The PRG Patent Bar Review Course will be held in San Francisco, CA from Nov. 5-9, 2012.

If you register for either the Classroom Course or Online Video Course, you get free access to ExamWareTM, our highly-acclaimed patent exam preparation software – now online to more easily facilitate your “real-life” exam preparation.
Learn more about the Classroom Course, Online Video Course, and ExamWareTM by visiting this page on the PRG website!

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We know how easy it is to procrastinate, especially when your work life is keeping you busy. But you can’t wait any longer to sign up for PRG’s next Bar Review Course!

Register today and join us in Chicago on May 7-11. We are offering an amazing room rate of $189 per night at the downtown Four Points by Sheraton (compared to the going rate of $270 per night). But we can only guarantee the availability of rooms at this rate through Monday, April 23!

Don’t miss out on this chance to take our industry-leading Bar Review Course and begin your efforts to prepare for the USPTO registration exam. We have already updated our course to reflect the latest changes to the registration exam, based on the new source materials announced by the USPTO earlier this year.

Sign up today!

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Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success is a complete and thorough 3-day certificate program designed to provide patent paralegals, secretaries, and administrators with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of patent law, as well as practical tips and advice that can be applied on a day-to-day basis to save time and ensure success.

Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success covers the following key topics relating to patent prosecution support:

  • Overview of U.S. patent law, including changes due to the America Invents Act (AIA)
  • Patenting process at the USPTO
  • Preparation and filing of applications and prosecution documents with the USPTO
  • Introduction to Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) practice and filing
  • Detailed discussion on patent research and document retrieval

The course will be held:

  • August 13-15, 2012 at the PRG Training Center in Alexandria, VA
  • September 10-12, 2012 at the Executive Conference Center in New York, NY

PRG Training Center in Alexandria, VA.

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We have already updated both our classroom and video courses to reflect the latest changes to the registration exam, based on the new source materials announced by the USPTO earlier this year.  These changes, some of which are due to the impact of the America Invents Act (AIA), impact questions relating to Prioritized Examination, Change of Standard for Inter Partes Reexamination, and Appeals Practice.

We will continue to update our course as additional AIA requirements become effective and are incorporated into the exam.

And if you’re ready to begin your study program, we are ready for you with the following upcoming Spring courses:

  • May 7-11, 2012 — Chicago, IL (The hotel deadline is Monday, April 16 — Sign up and make your reservation today!)
  • June 18-22, 2012 — Boston, MA

Four Points by Sheraton Chicago - May Patent Bar Review location.

Our online video course is always available — whenever and wherever you are ready to take it.  And whether you take our classroom course or purchase the video course, you’ll benefit from access to the web-based version of ExamWareTM, our highly-acclaimed patent exam preparation software.

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At “Passing the Patent Bar with PRG,” PRG Director Brad Buehler responds to a question about living abroad while studying for and scheduling the US Patent Bar Exam:

Question: I am a US citizen living overseas, and I am currently working for an overseas law firm training as a US patent agent. Taking the patent bar will require me to physically fly to the US to take the exam after taking a prep course. In such a case, what are your suggestions as to studying for the USPTO bar exam while working full time abroad?

Response from PRG Director Brad Buehler: Living abroad while preparing for the USPTO Registration Examination will add another wrinkle to a challenging test.  However, with proper planning, you will be able to minimize the impact of having to factor travel arrangements for the examination into your schedule.  Here are some tips on how to effectively manage your schedule.

Read all of Brad’s tips for living abroad while studying for and scheduling the US Patent Bar Exam in the new blog post!

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We’ve already looked at a number of common questions and answers about the Patent Bar Exam and the PRG Patent Bar Review Course, and today we’ll post one last round of  frequently-asked questions:

 Q: Do any of the Bar Review Course study materials have to be returned to PRG?

A: No, all printed instructional materials are yours to keep.

 Q: If I attend a Classroom Bar Review Course, is it necessary to bring all the materials I was shipped with me?

A: No. Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your Course, you will receive information via e-mail that details the materials you should bring with you to the Course.

 Q: How are updates to your Bar Review materials handled?

A: If there are revisions to our materials, we will provide them to you free of charge for up to 12 months after your initial purchase. After that point, you may have to incur an additional cost to keep your materials current.

Q: What is your Bar Review Course return policy?

A: You have 15 days from receipt of your materials to notify our office that you wish to return your order.

Q: This FAQ didn’t address my questions, what should I do?

A: Please contact our office via telephone: (703) 682-4860 or email: registrar@patentresources.com, and ask to speak with a registrar who will be more than happy to answer any additional questions.

Do you have any more questions about the Patent Bar Exam, Patent Bar Review Course, or other PRG courses?  Give us a call, send us an email, or leave us a question in the comments section!

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If you have questions about the Patent Bar Exam or PRG Patent Bar Review Course, then Patent Resources Group has the answers!  Here are more answers to frequently-asked questions about the PRG Patent Bar Review Course, which you can attend live or view online anywhere through our  Video on Demand player:

Q: Is there a difference in the PRG pass rate between the Classroom Bar Review Course purchasers and the Video Bar Review Course purchasers?

A: No. An equal number of students pass the USPTO Exam using the Classroom and Video Courses.

 Q: How much time should I set aside to study with your Bar Review Course?

A: This is a difficult question to answer as each student has differing time constraints and methods of study. The materials are very comprehensive, yet very straightforward. When you register, we send to you a packet of information that details all the Course materials and how to approach your Exam preparation.

Q: At the Classroom Bar Review Course, are questions permitted?

A: Yes, at designated times. As there is a lot of material to cover, instructors do not permit questions during the lectures, but questions of all types are permitted during breaks and instructors are also available after class for questions. Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to your course, you will receive information via email regarding the Question and Answer format at the course.

Q: If I purchase the Video Bar Review Course and have questions, will they be addressed?

A: Yes. You may submit questions via either facsimile: (434) 974-7330 or e-mail: registrar@patentresources.com. Please note that it may take several days to respond, but all questions are answered.

Q: If I register for a Classroom Bar Review Course, may I also purchase the Video lectures?

A: Yes, Classroom or Video purchasers who wish to supplement their Exam preparation by either adding the Classroom Lectures to a Video Course or adding the Video Lectures to a Classroom Course may do so at a significantly lower price. Specific information relating to this question is addressed in your Course Confirmation Packet.

 

Next week, we’ll look at one more round of questions and answers about the Patent Bar Exam and PRG Patent Bar Review course!

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Landon IP Opens Tokyo Office, Continuing Mission to Bring Best of Class Intellectual Property Support Services to the World

Alexandria, VA — Landon IP, Inc. is excited to announce the formal launch of its Tokyo office effective April 2, 2012. The office is located in Tokyo’s Shinagawa ward, near the Shinagawa train station. This new office solidifies Landon IP’s commitment to the important Japanese market, where it operates as Landon IP GK.

David Hunt, Landon IP’s CEO, says, “Landon IP provides customers worldwide with professional support services that help them understand, enforce, and maximize the value of their intellectual property assets.” He adds, “We have been working with Japanese law firms and companies for many years. The opening of our Tokyo office demonstrates our strong belief in Japan as a country of innovators, exceptional companies, and highly respected intellectual property lawyers and managers.”

The Tokyo office is led by Mr. Atsushi Nozaki, Senior Director of Landon IP GK. “It is a pleasure to join the Landon IP team. I am excited to be leading our efforts to provide exceptional service and expand our business in Japan,” says Nozaki. “Our Tokyo presence will ensure that we provide the support that customers in Japan deserve and expect.”

Mr. Nozaki was most recently the Manager of the IP Research Institute at NGB Corporation. He is a well-known expert in all aspects of patent information, searching, and analysis.

The Tokyo office will serve customers in Japan, Korea, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Landon IP GK can be reached at:

Level 28 Shinagawa Intercity
Tower A 2-15-1 Konan Minato-Ku
Tokyo 108-6028 Japan
+81 (0)3 6717 4062

Landon IP opened a London office in January 2012. Landon IP operates in Europe as Landon IP Ltd.

About Landon IP, Inc. and Landon IP GK

Landon IP is the leading global provider of professional support services throughout the intellectual property lifecycle and has met the critical needs of the IP community since 1949. Landon IP operates in Japan as Landon IP GK. Landon IP’s services include patent and trademark searching; non-patent literature searching; in-depth technical analysis; global information retrieval; and patent, legal, and technical translations. The company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, near the offices of the USPTO, with offices in Southfield, Michigan; El Dorado Hills, California; São Paulo, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan; and London, U.K. More information about Landon IP can be found at the Landon IP homepage.

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