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No matter where you are in your patent career, PRG’s Summer and Fall 2012 calendar of events can meet your professional needs for the highest quality patent education. Read on to see the full summer and fall line-up for PRG Summer and Fall courses, workshops, and Patent Bar Review dates!

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By taking PRG’s Bar Review Course (classroom or video) in 2011 or 2012, you’ve already made a commitment to your career as a patent practitioner.  We want to help you to take the next step by offering you a $500 savings off the regular tuition for our 2012 Winning Patents Workshop!

PRG’s Winning Patents Workshop is specifically designed for entry-level 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.

We have updated the Winning Patents Workshop for 2012 so that it not only reflects the latest case law, but also reflects changes introduced by the AIA.

Sign up today for either our East Coast or West Coast Workshops to take advantage of this special tuition offer:

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

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To obtain this special pricing when registering online, please enter your user name and password before selecting your Workshop.  If you register by fax or mail, we will apply your savings when we process your order.

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This July, Patent Resources Group is offering an exciting workshop for entry level patent level practitioners: the Winning Patents Workshop.  The Winning Patents Workshop has been updated to reflect relevant changes introduced by the AIA, including the entirely new §102 prior art criteria which become effective in March 2013.  The workshop is designed specifically for entry-level patent practitioners – those with up to two years of patent drafting and prosecution experience. 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.
    • The Biotechnology exercise involves an invention of a method for preparing solid-phase viral glycoproteins for use in immunoassays to detect virus-specific antibodies.
    • The Chemical exercise is based on an invention of a method for the prevention of the adhesion of bacterial cells to surfaces in paper machine white water aqueous systems.
    • The Mechanical/Electrical exercise concerns an invention of a dual compartment vial for packaging medication having a short shelf life when stored in solution form.

 Sign up today for either our East Coast or West Coast Workshops:

  • July 17-20, 2012 in Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA)
  • July 31–August 3, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Newport Beach in Newport Beach, CA

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The Winning Patents Workshop will be held in Newport Beach, CA and Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA).

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PRG’s Winning Patents Workshop provides a strong foundation for entry-level 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.

Like every other aspect of patent law, drafting patent applications has been impacted by the passage of the America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA).  We have already updated the Winning Patents Workshop for 2012 so that it not only reflects the latest case law, but also reflects changes introduced by the AIA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the pros who know how to win at the Federal Circuit!

Sign up today for either our East Coast or West Coast Workshops:

  • July 17-20, 2012 — Washington, DC
  • July 31 – August 3, 2012 — Newport Beach, CA (Orange Country)

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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

The course will be held:

  • August 13-15, 2012 at the PRG Training Center in Alexandria, VA
  • September 10-12, 2012 at the Executive Conference Center in New York, NY

PRG Training Center in Alexandria, VA.

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The Winning Patent Workshop is designed for entry-level patent practitioners, and the four-day workshop will be held in two locations this summer:

  • July 17, 2012 – July 20, 2012 – PRG Alexandria Training Center  (Alexandria, VA)
  • July 31, 2012 – August 3, 2012 – Radisson Hotel Newport Beach (Newport Beach, CA)

But why should new patent practitioners take this course? Here are the top reasons why new patent practitioners need to take this course (and why their senior counsel wants them to):

  • Save your firm or company money. We provide the critical patent training you need – training that would otherwise have to be provided by senior counsel.
    Think about it. A senior attorney can save 22 hours – the amount of time spent in our Workshop – if they send their junior associates to our program, rather than provide the training themselves. At a $500/hour billable rate, that’s a savings of $11,000 per associate we train!
  • Learn the framework and the underlying case law required in the real world, to help you develop winning patents and to understand why certain practices must be followed.
  • Produce better patent applications, providing better service to your clients and enhancing your value to your firm or company.
  • Mitigate the risks that have arisen under current inconsistent Federal Circuit case law when patents become the subject of disputes.
  • Support your career growth and value in the marketplace by enhancing your skills and knowledge. This is more important than ever in today’s tough economic environment.
  • Learn from the best. We’ve been meeting the educational needs of the patent community for 40 years. We will deliver to you a proven curriculum, from a faculty and a company that are the industry leaders in patent-related education.
  • Join our base of satisfied Workshop customers. Survey results of 2010 and 2011 Workshop attendees show 100% of attendees gave our Workshop an overall rating of Excellent or Good.
  • Earn eligibility for Loyalty Program pricing on our 2012 and 2013 Advanced Courses programs.
  • Get these additional benefits FREE with your tuition: textbook,  checklists,  continental breakfasts, and afternoon snacks.

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Patent Resources Group, in association with Management Forum UK Ltd, is pleased to announce that the course “The Art and Science of Patent Searching – Patentability, Validity & Infringement” will be offered from March 7-9, 2012 at the Rembrandt Hotel in London.  This popular course will be taught by Matthew Rodgers, who is the Managing Director, Europe for Landon IP Ltd. and is based in the firm’s new office that recently opened in London.  Matthew Rodgers developed and is a faculty member for “The Art and Science of Patent Searching” offered through PRG’s Advanced Courses Programs, and this will be the third time he is teaching it in the UK in partnership with Management Forum.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Rodgers was the Vice President in charge of Landon IP’s Patent Search Group, where he managed over 90 patent analysts; he is an expert in all aspects of patent searching and analytics.

The course will be offered March 7-9, 2012 at the The Rembrandt Hotel in London, and this three-day course will comprehensively teach how to conduct a professional patent search through lecture and practical hands-on patent searching exercises.

Upon completion of the course, the attendee will have learned:

  • How to approach a search in a systematic, methodical and exhaustive way.
  • How to properly scope a search before even beginning.
  • How to carefully search by ECLA and other classification systems, text query progression and citations, 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.
  • How to structure a proper and thorough non-patent literature search.
  • Approaches to searching non-English language patents and published applications and non-patent literature.
  • The differences between the major patent search engines and important considerations in selecting an appropriate search tool.

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