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Learn how to assist your clients in developing competitive, non-infringing products by attending the extremely popular “Designing Around” Valid U.S. Patents course at the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program from April 7-9, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida.  PRG has offered the “Designing Around” Valid U.S. Patents course for 15 years, and it remains one of the most popular course offerings. Instructors for this course include esteemed patent law experts Patrick Burns, John Pinkerton, Patricia Prior, and Robert Turner.  This course will show practitioners representing potential infringers how to counsel competitive product design under the guidance of Federal Circuit and Supreme Court cases, which will almost always be viewed as effective “designing around.”

This course will explore the current condition of claim construction in detail and explain how competitors can use it to their advantage, even when the claims on their face are literally infringed. Four cookbooks are provided, covering:

  • literal infringement.
  • infringement under the doctrine of equivalents.
  • infringement of means plus function claim elements.
  • prosecution history estoppel.

Using and following these cookbooks, which distill opinions by the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court in cases from Pennwalt to Festo IX, any patent practitioner can counsel his or her client on how to “design around” the patented invention with almost certain impunity – a design that appropriates the patented invention and that, prior to Pennwalt and its progeny, would have been held an infringement rather than the socially desirable activity of “designing around.”

To ensure no confusion on anyone’s part in this exercise, the faculty and students will go through several claim construction exercises and compare their conclusions with the Federal Circuit’s claim construction in actual cases. A mock design around exercise will also be presented. The demonstration considers client, marketing and engineering perspectives, in addition to legal analysis.

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: The two-volume text for “Designing Around” Valid U.S. Patents is authored by the distinguished course faculty, each of whom has extensive successful litigation, prosecution and counseling experience.

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 15 excellent patent law courses will be offered, including thirteen 3-day courses and two 1-day seminars, including the 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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