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Would you like to become well-versed on how chemical claims are constructed and construed? Then you should attend our highly-acclaimed, comprehensive Chemical Patent Practice course at the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program from April 7-9, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Instructors of this course have over 100 years of collective experience across the complete spectrum of chemical practice, and this course will be taught by chemical patent law experts Tom Irving, Paul Browning, Karen Cochran, Deborah Herzfeld, and Jill MacAlpine.

This up-to-the-minute course teaches the chemical patent practitioner how to use fundamentally sound principles to prepare and prosecute a United States chemical patent application in a conservative way, and in view of all of the opportunities and pitfalls afforded by the AIA, to enhance such possibilities as:
  • obtaining broad claim construction for literal infringement purposes, particularly by avoiding “vile” language (i.e., lightning rods for noninfringement and §112, para. 2 invalidity) that is best described as patent profanity;
  • utilizing the doctrine of equivalents to the extent that the doctrine still exists;
  • surviving Festo;
  • destroying, not rebutting, a defective prima facie case of obviousness in our current post-KSR world, including illustrations from several real U.S. patents prosecuted by a faculty member;
  • obtaining the broadest possible claims by avoiding too many and unduly narrow limitations;
  • obtaining claims that will be directly and literally infringed by competitors rather than by customers;
  • proving literal infringement of claims in litigation;
  • obtaining claims infringed by “downstream” infringers;
  • preparing and prosecuting the application to avoid inequitable conduct in view of the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Therasense and progeny thereof, and the impact of the AIA supplemental examination procedure that went into effect Sept. 16, 2012; and
  • understanding the implications of the various provisions and effective dates of the America Invents Act (AIA), particularly as they relate to filing strategies in and around the rapidly approaching March 16, 2013 date when the first inventor to file provisions take effect.

And don’t be misled into thinking that this course is applicable only to patent prosecutors. The principles taught will greatly help those involved with prelitigations, litigations, Orange Book listings, due diligences and analysis of third-party patents for validity, infringement, and enforceability issues.

Course Details for the Art and Science of Patent Searching

  • Dates: April 7-9, 2013
  • Course Times: 8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Sun-Mon); 8:15-11:30 (Tues)
  • Projected CLE: 15.0 hours
  • Projected Ethics Credit: 2.0 hours
  • Course Materials: Chemical Patent Law, written and continually updated by the Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner faculty, with the invaluable assistance of editor Stacy D. Lewis, will be provided to attendees at the course. This treatise covers virtually every situation that can arise in the preparation and prosecution of a chemical patent application.  The treatise underwent a complete overhaul in the aftermath of the enactment of the AIA to provide completely updated materials to the course attendees. Slides will also be provided in book form to attendees on the first day of class.

About the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses

The Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program will be held April 7-13, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida, and 14 excellent patent law courses will be offered, including thirteen 3-day courses and the 1-day blockbuster course, America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences and the Unanswered Questions.  Now is the time to register for this Program, since you can save $100 on any 3-day course by registering now through February 6, 2013. For PRG attendees, we are offering an incredible room rate of $199.00 (single or double, plus tax) at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.

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