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It is not too late to register for the nation’s leading patent law education program.  We are still accepting registrations for our Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program.  This major industry event will take place from March 30 through April 5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in beautiful Bonita Springs, Florida.  We encourage interested patent attorneys, patent agents, and litigators to act quickly and register today because spaces are limited.

With any course registration, you will receive superior instruction from patent industry leaders, as well as the following complimentary benefits:

  • All course materials
  • CLE credit
  • Daily continental breakfasts and breaks (for each day of your classes)
  • Networking and cocktail reception (your guests are welcome!)
  • Meeting room WiFi

If you have attended our Advanced Courses Programs in the past, you know that you can expect a quality experience from PRG courses.  If you’re new to PRG, we’re ready to prove to you that we’re the best.  Regardless of your situation, register today for one or more of the 15 outstanding advanced patent law courses that we are offering at this program.  Check out our full course catalog or visit our website for more details about this Program.

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If you are interested in post-grant patent practice, PRG is offering two distinct courses on this hot topic at our Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program.  This leading industry educational and networking event is being held from March 30-April 5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.

The 3-day course focuses on Review and Reexamination and has been one of our highest-rated courses since its first offering 5 years ago.  The new 1-day course focuses on Reissue.  Both courses are taught by Kevin Laurence and Matt Phillips, two extremely skilled and dedicated practitioners.  Read below for more details on these two courses.

Post-Grant Patent Practice: Review and Reexamination (March 30-April 1, 2014)

The first day of this two-and-a-half-day course focuses on ex parte reexamination and also addresses inter partes reexamination.  The second day is dedicated to inter partes review.  Topics covered in the final half day include post-grant review, covered business method patent review, and ethical issues related to review proceedings and reexamination.  The course covers strategies, tactics, best practices and case studies for review and reexamination.  The course is for both patent practitioners who appear before the PTO in these proceedings, as well as litigators who must deal with the increasingly common role of PTO proceedings in the context of disputes.

Some of the key topics covered by this course include how to:

  • Develop strategies for the use of concurrent litigation and review proceedings
  • Prepare review petitions that result in institution on all proposed rejections
  • Appreciate the objectives at each incremental due date of review proceedings
  • Understand what PTAB judges view favorably as parties conduct review proceedings
  • Strategically use the guidance from the PTAB’s growing body of jurisprudence
  • Utilize review and reexamination to obtain a stay or other benefits in related litigation
  • Make well-informed choices between review proceedings and reexamination and how each is best used
  • Understand the repercussions that review and reexamination can have on settlement

Post-Grant Patent Practice: Reissue, Owner-Requested Reexamination & Supplemental Examination — NEW COURSE (April 2, 2014)

Reissue is an indispensable tool for every patent owner, especially those who find themselves having a valuable patent that no longer has a continuation pending.

For patent prosecutors this course covers strategies, tactics, best practices and case studies for the following tools:

  • Reissue
  • Owner-requested ex parte reexamination
  • Supplemental examination (new under the AIA)
  • Other options such as certificate of correction, disclaimer, and “corrective” claim construction

For patent owners, this course provides training to:

  • Choose among ex parte reexamination, reissue and supplemental examination to best strengthen and improve a patent
  • Avoid, when possible, intervening rights that arise via the cancellation or amendment of claims
  • Understand how and when these proceedings may be merged
  • Select information to be disclosed to the PTO from concurrent litigation or other PTO proceedings

Register today for either or both of these outstanding courses!  And check out the full course catalog for this Program!

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PRG is returning to sunny Florida for the Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program.  The Program will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, FL from March 30-April 5, 2014.  Attendees have their choice of 15 outstanding patent law courses delivered by the leading educator of patent professionals, including:

If you are interested in attending this program, you can register online or by fax or mail.  Register by February 10, 2014 to take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing.  And reserve your room at the Resort by the hotel reservation cut-off date of March 10, 2014, to be sure you get a space at the special PRG attendee room rate of $259 per night.

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For the second year in a row, Patent Resources Group is proud to be a supporter of the Dade Legal Aid Society’s charitable fundraiser.  The Fourth Annual Patently Impossible Project will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Miami Science Museum in Miami, FL.  The Patently Impossible Project is a charity race where teams compete to be the first to assemble a patented invention, using only the provided parts and tools, and the instructions in a patent registration. Admission to the event is free, as is the complimentary cocktail reception, but attendees should register in advance.  Attendees will have the opportunity to “bet” on the winner by purchasing raffle tickets for door prizes.

The Patently Impossible Project also hosts a Silent Auction, which will include a special auction item donated by PRG!  The winning bidder will receive FREE TUITION for one course (valued at up to $2,295) at Patent Resources Group’s Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida on March 30-April 5, 2014.  The winning bidder will also receive instructional materials for the selected course, morning and afternoon refreshments, and admission to PRG’s reception on the first evening of classes.  The winning bidder will be responsible for all other expenses related to attending the course, such as hotel accommodations, meals, and airfare.

Do you want to attend the 2013 Patently Impossible Project event and bid to win a free PRG course for the Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program?  Visit the Patently Impossible Project website to learn more, and be sure to register in advance!

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Time is running out to register for the Fall’s premiere patent education event — PRG’s Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Program — which will be held from October 16-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 25, 2013.   After this date, we cannot guarantee the availability of rooms at the Resort, so register for your courses and book your hotel room today.

Don’t miss these opportunities to stay current and connected:

  • Attend 12 of the best advanced patent education courses available anywhere in the world.
  • Get the CLE credits you need.
  • Automatically become a member of our Loyalty Program and receive preferential pricing for our 2014 events.
  • Network with your fellow attendees and the faculty at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa — a truly amazing and luxurious beachfront property with many dining options and activities.
  • Meet and discuss current patent topics at our complimentary receptions, open to attendees and their families.
  • And have fun!  We’re offering an outstanding room rate of only $245.00 per night, and the Resort is waiving the daily resort fee, just for PRG customers.

Check out the full program catalog, book your room, and register for your courses today — online or by fax or mail.

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Several of Landon IP’s leaders will be teaching the course “The Art and Science of Patent Searching” at two different programs this Fall, sharing their expertise with other professionals in the intellectual property community.

Jonathan Skovholt, Director of Training and Information Services, and Brian Thurmond, Director of Patent Searching, will be teaching this course on October 16-18, 2013 at Patent Resources Group’s (PRG) Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Program.  This Program is being held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, California.  Additional details about this course and the rest of this PRG program can be found on the PRG website.  Anyone interested in attending can register via fax or mail or online.

In addition, Mr. Skovholt will be joining Matt Rodgers, Managing Director, Europe for Landon IP Ltd., to teach this patent searching course in partnership with Management Forum from October 30, 2013 through November 1, 2013 at The Rembrandt Hotel in London.  Additional details are provided in the course brochure.  Anyone interested in attending can register online from the course page on the  Management Forum website.

“The Art and Science of Patent Searching” is a two-and-a-half day course that provides comprehensive instruction on how to conduct professional patent searches.   Topics covered will include:

  • How to approach a search in a systematic, methodical and exhaustive way
  • How to properly scope a search
  • How to carefully search using different classification systems, text query progression, citations and bibliographic information, and knowing the benefits and pitfalls of each
  • Both the major differences and subtle nuances in the steps of conducting a patentability, validity, or infringement patent search
  • Searching non-patent literature
  • Approaches to searching non-native-language patents and published applications
  • Differences between the major patent search engines and important considerations in selecting an appropriate search tool

Both offerings of this course provide opportunities for hands-on searching practice, as detailed in the course descriptions.

The course is designed to benefit everyone from novice searchers to the most seasoned patent practitioner or search professional.  Landon IP’s people are the professional patent search experts and thought leaders.  Mr. Rodgers, Mr. Skovholt, and Mr. Thurmond are all experienced patent searchers and seasoned lecturers, having taught this course many times for both Management Forum and Patent Resources Group.

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Registration is now open for PRG’s Summer and Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Programs.  Our Advanced Courses go beyond the basics, showing how to apply the law to real world intellectual property issues and providing practical insights that our attendees can apply immediately when they get back to the office.

Join us this year at these two outstanding training opportunities:

Summer 2013 Program

Fall 2013 Program

  • October 16-22, 2013
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa
  • The Fall Program offers 12 courses — 10 three-day courses and 2 one-day courses.  Register by August 26 to get the best tuition rates on three-day courses at this program.

Our special one-day course on the changes introduced by the America Invents Act, including the final provisions that took effect in March 2013, is being offered at both the Summer and Fall 2013 Programs.  And all of our courses have been updated as needed to reflect the impacts of this landmark legislation.

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Patent Resources Group (PRG), the choice of every generation of patent attorneys since 1969, is making two amazing special tuition offers available for our 2013 Workshop attendees, to make it as easy as possible for our customers to get the training they need.  Our Winning Patents Workshop is designed for less-experienced patent practitioners who want to learn how to write and prosecute more valuable patent applications that will provide better protection for their clients.

We have two outstanding special offers for our 2013 Workshop attendees:

  • Attend either of our Summer 2013 Workshops and get a special tuition rate of $1,995 — a $1,000 savings!  (Available only to customers who attended our classroom Bar Review Course, or purchased the video version of our Bar Review Course, in 2011, 2012, or 2013)
  • Or, pay the standard tuition of $2,995 to attend either of our Summer 2013 Workshops and get free tuition (a value of up to $2,295) for one (1) course of your choosing at any one (1) of the following Advanced Courses programs: Summer 2013, Fall 2013, or Spring 2014.  (Available to anyone)

According to PRG President Brad Buehler, “Our Winning Patents Workshop is a great course for patent attorneys or agents who want to enhance their skills in the area of patent application drafting and prosecution.  We offer two sessions of the Workshop every summer, and this year we decided to put some great special offers on the table to make it as easy as possible for interested customers to attend.”

The dates and locations of our 2013 Winning Patents Workshops are as follows:

West Coast Workshop

  • July 9-12, 2013 in Pasadena, CA

East Coast Workshop

  • July 23-26, 2013 in Washington, DC

Visit our website for more details about the Winning Patents Workshop and about how to take advantage of these two special offers.

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Do you want to learn how the America Invents Act (AIA) and recent decisions of the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit have affected the due diligence process?  Then you should attend the course Patent Due Diligence in the AIA Era at the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program from April 11-13, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. The three faculty members, Bryan Diner, Anthony Gutowski, and Andrew Holtman, have many years of experience in IP practice and expertise in several different areas of technology.  These faculty members have also collectively participated in over 100 due diligence evaluations.

The lively and entertaining presentation covers every phase of a due diligence investigation.  During the course, you will interact with instructors and other students while exploring case-study examples and lecture topics on a wide range of issues:

  • common legal-interest agreements
  • claim construction
  • freedom to operate
  • validity assessments
  • inequitable conduct
  • patent eligibility, and
  • ownership/transferability

The knowledge you’ll gain from this course will enable you to avoid due diligence pitfalls, while more effectively assessing and managing risks endemic in business transactions involving complex IP rights and issues.

Course Details for the Art and Science of Patent Searching

  • Dates: April 11-13, 2013
  • Course Times:8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Thurs-Fri); 8:15-11:30 (Sat)
  • Projected CLE: 15.0 hours
  • Projected Ethics Credit: 2.0 hours
  • Course Materials:  You will receive a thorough course book, chock full of notes, examples, and case law as part of your course material.

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 courses, including the blockbuster course, America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences and the Unanswered Questions.  For PRG attendees, we are offering an incredible room rate of $199.00 (single or double, plus tax) at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress.  This room rate is only available through March 15, 2013, so register soon!

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If you want to get concrete patent drafting and negotiating advice with precise references to existing law, then attend the comprehensive Drafting Patent License Agreements course at the Spring 2013 Advanced Courses Program from April 11-13, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Faculty members for this course include patent law experts Patrick O’Reilley, Brian Kacedon, and William Pratt. The course lays the groundwork for a clause-by-clause examination of all significant elements of the patent licensing agreement. The practical questions always focused on are how and whether each element is sufficient to serve the business needs of the parties while remaining legally viable. The main components of typical licensing agreements, from the opening part through the execution and authentication provisions, are examined in detail. Practical, hypothetical illustrative examples are used, often in workshop form, with carefully crafted problem handouts distributed to the attendees during the course.

Throughout the course, the faculty members emphasize achieving legally satisfactory drafting results by recognizing the logical principles that underlie the job to be done. Sample forms are used to explain the practical considerations upon which they are based. Law and precedent are presented in terms that make clear the legal reasoning behind recommended drafting approaches. Legal ethics in license negotiations will be presented during the afternoon session on Day 2 and in misuse issues during the morning session of Day 3, as currently estimated.

Course Details for the Art and Science of Patent Searching

  • Dates: April 11-13, 2013
  • Course Times:8:15-11:30; 1:30-4:45 (Thurs-Fri); 8:15-11:30 (Sat)
  • Projected CLE: 15.0 hours
  • Projected Ethics Credit: 2.0 hours
  • Course Materials:  The text for the course is the Seventh Edition of the classic, Drafting Patent License Agreements (BNA), by Brian G. Brunsvold, D. Patrick O’Reilley and D. Brian Kacedon.  This Seventh Edition includes a computer disk, which has a set of form paragraphs that can be incorporated, with careful editing, into a license agreement to be prepared by the course attendee.  The hardcopy edition of the course text will be given to each attendee at the course.  The volume containing the printed slides that will be used throughout the lectures will also be provided at the course; this volume will include extensive license drafting workshop materials and Justice Department licensing guidelines.

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.  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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