Registration is open for the Fall 2012 Advanced Courses Conference from October 17-23, 2012 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas & Spa in Indian Wells, California. We’ve already looked at one key course on the America Invents Act that will be held at both the Summer and Fall 2012 Advanced Courses Conferences, and we’ve highlighted the course on “Designing Around” valid U.S. patents. Today’s highlighted course will teach attendees how to perform prior art searches with greater efficiency and precision by looking at the art and science of patent searching. Continue reading after the jump to learn all about this course!
Course Details – Art and Science of Patent Searching
- Dates: Oct. 21, 2012 – Oct. 23, 2012 (with an optional Searching Workshop)
- Projected CLE: 15.0 hours
- Instructors: Jonathan Skovholt and Brian Thurmond.
- Course Times: 8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Sun-Mon); 8:15-11:30 (Tues). Workshop: 1:30-4:45 (Tues)
Why Should You Take This Course?
The course presents a systematic process for performing prior art searches with greater efficiency and precision. It 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.
This course comprehensively teaches how to conduct a professional patent search. It provides direction for determining when a search is needed and what types and sources of information should be searched in the process. Patent searching is both an art and a science. Consequently, search capability improves with practice. But optimum practice requires a solid foundation for those who seek to conduct searches accurately and efficiently. The course teaches when, how, where and why to conduct a search and is appropriate for those who will conduct the search or commission it.
The curriculum and text were designed and written by twelve practitioners: eight experienced patent information specialists and four former examiners with expertise in both English and foreign language searching. The curriculum reflects the combined expertise of Landon IP, which is one of only two companies selected by the USPTO to conduct patent searches on its behalf with a view to reducing USPTO examiners’ towering examination backlog.
Upon completion of the course, the attendee will have learned:
- 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.
Requirements and Prerequisites
- Completion of the immediately preceding 2012 Art and Science of Patent Searching
- Wireless-enabled laptop computer (Internet Explorer or Firefox web browser, and Microsoft Office package recommended)
- Patent search engine user account (in an attempt to focus on course concepts and high-level searching techniques, publicly available search engines cannot be solely relied upon for the lab portion of this course)
- Unrestricted use of third-party wireless connection (please verify with your IT department that your security settings will allow access to the wireless hub necessary for the course)
The text for the course is Science of Patent Searching – Patentability, Validity edited by Matthew Rodgers, Long Nguyen, and David Hunt. The thoroughness of the text will minimize the need for note-taking at the program.
Optional Patent Searching Workshop
A patent search engine user account is needed for the Workshop. Please contact PRG if you need assistance in obtaining one.
This Workshop is an optional add-on to the Art and Science of Patent Searching course. It gives attendees the opportunity to practice hands-on patent searching alongside the course instructors. The faculty will work with the attendees to answer questions and provide guidance as they execute their searches in real time. The Workshop is structured to test each attendee’s retention of the concepts covered in the course as they put their training to use in several sample search projects. Attendees will be provided with multiple sample disclosures, encompassing a wide variety of technologies, on which they will base their search. The informal, lecture-free setting will allow each attendee to work independently, but in close proximity to an instructor. Attendees must bring their own laptop computers and will be provided with wireless Internet access in the classroom. Attendees are also asked to bring their own search engine user accounts so that they will be able to practice using familiar search tools. The instructors will be able to provide assistance with any of the major patent search engines. The attendees will be guided through scoping the search, performing the search and analyzing their results. Answer keys will be provided at the end of the Workshop so that participants may gauge their progress and have a reference to use for additional practice following the class.
Use the following links to:
- Learn more about this course.
- View and register for Fall Advanced Courses.
- Learn more about the Program Hotel.
- Learn about special Loyalty Program pricing at our 2012 Advanced Courses programs.