Posts Tagged ‘AIA’

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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That’s right, it’s after Labor Day!  That means it is time to take care of a very important task — register today to join PRG in southern California on October 17-23, 2012 for our Fall Advanced Courses Conference.  We’ll be offering 10 outstanding one-, two-, and three-day courses that set the industry standard for advanced patent education.

Our Fall Conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA, goes beyond the basics and gives you practical insights that you can apply immediately.  And all of our returning courses have been updated as needed to reflect the ongoing impacts on you and your practice of the America Invents Act (AIA).  We’re also offering a special one-day course focusing solely on the AIA.  We’ll help you to avoid the dangers that the AIA poses to practitioners in all areas of patent law.

The Fall course line-up also includes a course that is critical for any attorney or agent who wants to pursue validity challenges at the USPTO.  The three-day “Post-Grant Patent Practice: Review, Reexamination, Reissue, and Supplemental Examination” course provides comprehensive training on indispensable tools for patent prosecutors and litigators, including new tools created by the AIA:

  • Ex parte reexamination
  • Inter partes reexamination
  • Post-grant review (new under the AIA)
  • Inter partes review (new under the AIA)
  • Transitional program to review business method patents (new under the AIA)
  • Reissue
  • Supplemental examination (new under the AIA)

The course covers strategies, tactics, best practices, and case studies, as well as the statutory and regulatory framework for the AIA’s new review proceedings.

We’re offering an amazing room rate of only $169.00 per night, single or double, plus tax at this conference.  This rate is 20% less than what we were able to offer the last time we hosted our Advanced Courses Conference at this venue!  Act today — the hotel registration deadline is October 3.

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Join us in Washington, DC on August 13-14, 2012 for a special two-day Advanced Courses conference focused on the impacts of the America Invents Act (AIA).

We’re offering two outstanding courses:

This Summer conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, which is conveniently located just a few minutes from Reagan National Airport.  And we’re offering a great room rate of only $149 per night, single or double, plus tax!

Hyatt Regency Crystal City, location of the Summer Advanced Course Conference.

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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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PRG’s Spring 2012 Advanced Courses Program will be held from March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida, and all courses have been updated to reflect the many impacts of AIA.  We’ve posted an overview of all Spring 2012 Advanced Courses and looked at a number of highlighted courses:

Today, let’s look at  special, new one-day course focusing on the groundbreaking changes to patent law introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA) – America Invents Act: Monumental Changes, the Consequences and the Unanswered Questions. Read on to learn more about the course, and read about a special offer for the AIA course!


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PRG’s Advanced Courses provide the perfect opportunity for you to get the professional training you need and to keep current with the latest developments in patent law. All our returning courses are updated every year to reflect the impact of relevant case law and other developments at the USPTO and the courts. For our Spring 2012 program (March 25-31), these updates include any changes needed to reflect the impact of the America Invents Act (AIA).

We’re also offering a special one-day course, focusing entirely on the AIA, that every practitioner needs to take.

Special Tuition Offer: Standard tuition for the one-day AIA course is $995, but get a special rate of only $495 if you also sign up for a three-day course at this program! The AIA course is conveniently scheduled between the two three-day sessions, to make it as easy as possible for everyone to attend.

So join us in Bonita Springs, FL on March 25-31, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL.

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