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We recently announced that registration is open for PRG’s Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, FL from March 30-April 5, 2014.  The Program catalog providing detailed course descriptions and additional information about the Program and the Resort will be in the mail shortly to all of our prior attendees.  In the meantime, however, you can access the Program catalog online to get all of the information you need to select your courses, register, and make your reservation at the Resort.

The Spring 2014 Advanced Courses Program features 15 outstanding patent law courses — 12 three-day courses and 3 one-day courses — delivered by the leading educator of patent professionals.  The curriculum includes 2 brand new courses and an expanded and updated version of our popular course on Post-Grant Patent Practice.  All of our returning courses have been updated as needed to reflect current case law and the ongoing impacts of the AIA.

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 be sure to reserve your room at the Resort by the hotel reservation cut-off date of March 10, 2014, to take advantage of the special PRG attendee room rate of $259 per night.

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PRG is 100% focused on patent law, and our industry-leading Patent Bar Review Course is 100% focused on helping you to pass the latest version of the exam.  And now you can truly learn your way because for one price, you will be able to:

  • Attend a live classroom course
  • Access our online video course
  • Access ExamWare®, our highly-acclaimed online patent exam preparation software
  • Access our Patent Bar Review online support group to take advantage of a social learning experience

So register today to get everything you need for a successful exam experience!  Registration is currently open for the following three Classroom Courses:

  • January 27-31, 2014, Dallas, TX
  • March 10-14, 2014, Atlanta, GA
  • May 19-23, 2014, Washington, DC Metro Area

Details about additional 2014 Classroom Courses will be available soon.

The Patent Bar Exam is very difficult.  In 2013, the pass rate fell to 46.8%, down 7 percentage points from 2012 and the lowest pass rate in 10 years.  PRG has a proven methodology to assist you in preparing for the exam.  And we guarantee that if you take our course, you’ll successfully pass the Patent Bar Exam.  If you don’t, we will continue to provide you with support until you do.  You can’t afford to take an inferior exam preparation course, so register today for the nation’s leading Patent Bar Review Course.

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PRG’s Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Program will be held from October 16-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.  We are offering 12 outstanding advanced patent education courses, including the 3 that are highlighted below.

Check out the full course catalog for our Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Program to get details on all 12 courses being offered, as well as information about the Resort.  You can register online or register by fax or mail.

Featured Courses:

October 16-18, 2013

Course: Federal Circuit Law (2011-2013)

Projected State Bar CLE Credit: 15.0 hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit

Description: One cannot competently practice as a patent attorney today, in prosecution, litigation, counseling, or licensing without an understanding of the Federal Circuit’s most recent opinions.  This course will expertly guide you through two years of relevant and up-to-the-minute cases in an interactive lecture format that encourages active attendee participation.  Moreover, the faculty will discuss new cases in the context of prior cases (many outside the two-year time span), thus giving you not only “current law,” but also a perspective on how the law has changed.

October 20-22, 2013

Course: Chemical Patent Practice

Projected State Bar CLE Credit: 15.0 hours, including 2.0 hours of ethics credits

Description:  Are you well-versed on how chemical claims are constructed and construed?  Well enough to avoid an overly narrow, often disastrous claim construction leading to a royalty-free transfer of patented technology to your competitor?  Well enough not to trip up on obviousness over KSR?  Do you understand all of the opportunities and pitfalls afforded by the AIA?  If you’d like to answer these questions with a resounding “yes” then you should attend this highly-acclaimed, comprehensive course, which 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.

Course: “Designing Around” Valid U.S. Patents

Projected State Bar CLE Credit: 15.0 hours

Description: This course will show practitioners representing potential infringers how to assist their clients in developing competitive, non-infringing products.  Four cookbooks covering (1) literal infringement, (2) infringement under the doctrine of equivalents, (3) infringement of means plus function claim elements, and (4) prosecution history estoppel are provided.  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.

Check out the full course catalog for our Fall 2013 Advanced Courses Program to get details on all 12 courses being offered, as well as information about the Resort.

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PRG’s Summer 2013 Advanced Courses Program is being held on August 5-7, 2013 at the Hilton Crystal City in Washington, DC (Arlington, VA), conveniently located next to Reagan National Airport.  The hotel registration deadline is July 15, 2013.

We are offering 3 outstanding courses at this program, and 2 of them are brand new courses:

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the best advanced patent training in the world, with the latest insights that will help you to enhance your practice!

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Our next classroom Bar Review Course will be held in Chicago, IL on May 6-10, 2013, and it is not too late to sign up. Both our classroom course and our online video course have already been updated to reflect the final changes introduced by the America Invents Act, which took effect on March 16, 2013 and were incorporated into the exam beginning in early April.

With PRG, you can always be confident that our Bar Review Course reflects the most current law and the latest version of the USPTO registration exam!

And whether you attend one of our classroom sessions or purchase the online video course, you will benefit from ExamWare®, our highly-acclaimed web-based patent exam prep software. ExamWare® is an invaluable study tool as you prepare to take the exam.

If you can’t make it to Chicago in May, then join us at one of our other 2013 classroom Bar Review Courses:

June 17-21, 2013 in Boston, MA
September 23-27, 2013 in New York, NY
November 4-8, 2013 in San Francisco, CA

Use the links below to:

Register by fax or mail
Register online or learn more about the Bar Review Course

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Landon IP, PRG’s parent company, is currently hiring professionals for a  variety of different roles.  Landon IP is the leading single-source provider for the professional patent-related support needs of law firms and corporations around the world.  And a key component of that support is our full-time, in-house team of patent attorneys, patent agents, scientists, and engineers who provide our customers with the highest-quality prior art searching and patent analysis.

Landon IP is currently hiring for the following positions:

  • Patent Analyst
  • Bilingual Patent Analyst (Native in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, or Russian)
  • Director, Patent Search Technical Team

Previous patent examining or searching experience is a plus, but is not required — you will be fully trained by Landon IP.

Get more details about Landon IP’s job openings and apply online at the Landon IP Careers webpage.

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PRG successfully introduced its Institute for Patent and Trademark Paralegals, Secretaries, and Administrators in 2010 – a Program specifically targeting the needs of the critical personnel who support the smooth and efficient operation of a patent practice.  In 2012, we are again offering Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success, which is the keystone course in the Program and one of our most popular offerings.

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
Faculty will include John Tsavaris, Director of Professional Development and Special Counsel, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP and Catherine A. Van Houten, Manager of Docketing and IP Training, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.

The course will be held:

  • August 13-15, 2012 in Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA)
  • September 10-12, 2012 at the Concierge Conference Center in New York, NY

The Patent Administration course will be held in New York, NY and Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA).

Use the following links to:

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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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Over at Passing the Patent Bar with PRG, view the timeline of Chris Casson’s experiences in studying for, registering, and passing the Patent Bar Exam:

September 9, 2011: Chris decides to take the Patent Bar Exam.

September 22, 2011: Chris attends a PRG Patent Bar Review Course, taught by PRG instructor Paul Gardner. Chris then creates a study plan.

September 29, 2011: Chris begins using ExamWare™ to answer practice questions for the Patent Bar Exam.  Chris also uses slides from the PRG review course and the course videos to study.

See the rest of the timeline over at Passing the Patent Bar with PRG!

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Start the New Year right!  Make your plans now to take PRG’s industry-leading Patent Bar Review course.

We have many choices of dates and locations for our classroom course in 2012 (and it’s not too late to sign up for our next course later this month):

  • January 23-27, 2012 — Newport Beach (Orange County), CA
  • March 12-16, 2012 –Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA)
  • May 7-11, 2012 — Chicago, IL
  • June 18-22, 2012 — Boston, MA

Left: PRG Alexandria Training Center. Right: Radisson Hotel Newport Beach.

Find the date and venue that best meets your needs and sign up today!  (More 2012 dates and locations will be coming soon.)

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

Use the links below to:

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