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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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PRG’s Winning Patents Workshops for 2013 are on the calendar for this Summer at the Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, CA from July 9-12 and at The Westin Alexandria in Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA) from July 23-26.

This 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.  Attendees will develop an understanding of recent Federal Circuit case law relevant to the impact of application preparation and prosecution on claim interpretation, as well as an appreciation of what ought to be said — and not said — in the specifications, claims, and responses to Office actions, and why.  Attendees at this course actually save their firm or company money because they get critical training that would otherwise have to be provided by senior counsel, taking them away from billable work.

This year’s Workshop has been completely updated to reflect the impacts of the changes introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA).    The first-inventor-to-file regimen, introduced by the AIA effective March 16, 2013, has dramatically changed the criteria for determining patentability of inventions over the prior art through a revision of 35 U.S.C. §102.  Yet, for many years to come pre-AIA §102 will continue to be applicable in determining patentability vel non of claims in many U.S. patent applications filed both before and after March 16, 2013, and the validity of claims in issued U.S. patents.  Accordingly, all patent attorneys and agents must be intimately familiar with both pre-AIA and AIA §102 and know which applies to any claim undergoing scrutiny.

PRG’s Winning Patents Workshop incorporates the changes, nuances, and ambiguities introduced by AIA §102 and the rules promulgated by the Patent Office for implementing the new law.  Among the crucial considerations that will be thoroughly explored and explained in the course are the following:

  • How to determine whether pre-AIA or AIA §102 criteria are applicable in evaluating patentability of any claimed invention over the prior art.
  • The nuances and ambiguities stemming from the “otherwise available to the public” provision added by AIA in new §102(a)(1).
  • The five categories of exceptions in AIA §102(b)(1) and (2) that disqualify §102(a)(1) and (2) events from being prior art to a given claimed invention, and the requirements for establishing such exceptions during prosecution of applications before the USPTO.
  • The important, subtle differences between the “effective filing dates” of claims undergoing examination and prior art in the form of published U.S. and PCT applications and U.S. patents.
  • Consequences to evaluate in determining whether to file an RCE, CIP, or multiple applications when modifications have been made to an invention after the filing of an application.

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Registration is now open for the Winning Patents Workshop, designed specifically for entry-level patent practitioners with up to two years of patent drafting and prosecution experience.  The Workshop has been fully updated to reflect relevant changes introduced by the AIA, including the entirely new §102 prior art criteria which become effective in March 2013.  The Winning Patents Workshop will be held in two locations during July 2013:

  • July 9-12, 2013 at the Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, CA.
  • July 23-26, 2013 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA.
The Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, CA.

The Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, CA.

Through four days of lectures and an interactive, small-group exercise on the fourth day, attendees will:

  • Learn prudent practices for preparing and prosecuting applications that maximize the value of patents obtained for their clients.
  • Develop an understanding of recent Federal Circuit case law, which resulted in claims being either unduly narrowly interpreted, and therefore held to be not infringed, or held to be invalid for lack of written description or enablement support due to improvidently-prepared and prosecuted applications.
  • Appreciate what ought to be said – and not said – in the specifications, claims, and responses to Office actions, and why.
  • Compose and prosecute a patent application in their chosen technology (chemical, mechanical/electrical, or biotechnology), based on a disclosure, prior art, and Office actions carefully created by PRG.

Register now to attend this outstanding course taught by patent industry leaders, and support your career growth and value in the marketplace by enhancing your skills and knowledge!

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New York City and the surrounding area is one of the nation’s major centers for patent activity.  That ‘s why PRG is hosting two of our most popular programs in New York City this September:

  • On September 10-12, 2012, we’ll be offering Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success. This is a complete and thorough 2.5-day certificate program designed to provide patent paralegals, secretaries, and administrators with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of patent law, as well as practical tips and advice that can be applied on a daily basis to save time and ensure success.
  • On September 10-14, 2012, we’ll be offering our industry-leading Patent Bar Review Course. We provide you with the most comprehensive level of preparation possible, and we are 100% focused on helping you to pass the USPTO bar exam.

If you are a patent attorney or patent agent, please forward this email to your support team or your more junior colleagues so that they can take advantage of these courses that are designed just for them.  They can use the links below to:

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Landon IP, in conjunction with Patent Resources Group, is excited to present a training course specifically targeting the needs of patent support professionals.

A successful patent operation is dependent on the efforts of many people. The patent attorneys and agents at the center of the process are assisted by a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of support professionals. However, to be at their most effective, these patent support professionals must keep up-to-date on the latest patent administration information — and Patent Resources Group (PRG) has the solution.

PRG’s course 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 solid understanding of the fundamentals of patent law, as well as practical tips and advice that can be applied on a daily basis to save time and ensure success. If you are a patent attorney or agent, this is the perfect course for your support team, and we encourage you to share this message with them so that they can sign up for this course. If you are a patent support professional yourself, don’t delay in registering for this outstanding educational opportunity!

Topics to be covered — all based on the most current information available — will include:

  • An overview of U.S. patent law, including changes due to the America Invents Act (AIA)
  • The patenting process at the USPTO
  • Preparation and filing of applications and prosecution documents with the USPTO
  • An introduction to Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) practice and filng
  • Detailed discussion of patent research and document retrieval

We’re offering Patent Administration: A Foundation for Success at two convenient sessions in 2012:

  • Washington, DC (Arlington, VA), August 13-15, 2012
  • New York, NY, September 10-12, 2012

Time is running out, so anyone wanting to take this course should register today! And you can’t beat the price of $795.00 for this 3-day program.

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If you have any questions about this course, please contact a PRG registrar by phone at 703-682-4860 or by email at registrar@patentresources.com.

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PRG’s 2012 Winning Patents Workshop provides a strong foundation for entry-level patent practitioners with up to two years of experience.  The workshop teaches the skills necessary to produce better patent applications in the current world of patent case law. And this year’s Workshops have been updated to reflect relevant changes introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA), including the entirely new §102 prior art criteria, which become effective in March 2013.

Through lectures and an interactive, small-group exercise, attendees will learn best practices in patent prosecution that will help you win at the Federal Circuit.  You benefit….and so does your company or your firm and its clients.

Sign up today to reserve your spot at one of our two convenient 2012 Workshops:

  • Washington, DC (Arlington, VA), July 17-20, 2012 
  • Newport Beach, CA (Orange County), July 31-August 3, 2012

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PRG’s 2012 Winning Patents Workshop provides a strong foundation for entry-level patent practitioners with up to two years of experience.  The workshop will teach the skills necessary to produce better patent applications in the current world of patent case law. And this year’s Workshops have been updated to reflect relevant changes introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA), including the entirely new §102 prior art criteria, which become effective in March 2013.

Through lectures and an interactive, small-group exercise, attendees will learn best practices in patent prosecution that will help you win at the Federal Circuit.  You benefit….and so does your company or your firm and its clients.

We’re offering two convenient Workshop locations in 2012:

  • Washington, DC (Arlington, VA), July 17-20, 2012
  • Newport Beach, CA (Orange County), July 31-August 3, 2012

Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA, location of the July 17-20 Workshop.

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