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Patents and the University-Based Start-ups Innovation Ecosystem
a webinar series

Patents 101
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 1:00 to 2:30pm ET

John F. Koeppen
Acting Director in the Global Intellectual Property Academy
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Julie Brocketti
Attorney Advisor in the Global Intellectual Property Academy
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


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  • 35 U.S.C. § 101

We will discuss the requirement that an invention be useful and in one of the statutory categories of invention protected in the United States as well as discuss the non-statutory categories that are not protectable under U.S. patent law. We will also discuss the requirement that an invention be “useful”.

  • 35 U.S.C. § 102:

We will discuss the requirement that an invention be novel and not anticipated by the prior art. Discussion of what types of prior art are available to reject a patent application under 35 U.S.C. § 102 and how that art is applied in an Examiner’s Office Action. We will also discuss the differences between 35 U.S.C. 102(a) 102(b), 102(e), 102(f), 102(g) all of which relate to the novelty requirement.

  • 35 U.S.C. § 103: Obviousness

We will discuss the requirement that an invention be non-obvious in view of the prior art. Discussion of the differences between 35 U.S.C. 102 and 35 U.S.C. 103 as well as how obviousness is determined in view of recent case law. The subject matter sought to be patented must be sufficiently different from what has been used or described before.

  • 35 U.S.C. § 112

We will discuss the requirements that the specification provide an enabling disclosure to one of ordinary skill in the art how to make and use the invention. We will also discuss how the claims must be supported by the written description and describe how no new matter may be added during prosecution of the application.

  • 35 U.S.C. § 112

We will discuss the requirement that the patent claims be definite in view of the specification and what may cause a claim to be indefinite.


The focus of this Webinar series is to help bridge the knowledge gap on Intellectual Property Law Issues between the US Government and various stakeholders in the “University-Based Startups Innovation Ecosystem”. A key attribute that make this webinar series unique from other programmatic endeavors is the ability to directly deliver “Thought Leaders” in the field who will address various IP issues from an applied, pragmatic, and deeply experienced viewpoint. Through participation in this webinar program, the audience will be afforded both the opportunity to understand and retain best practices when deriving appropriate IP-Strategic Frameworks coupled with Business and Technology Development, as well as gain access to a much more comprehensive and holistic viewpoint on why Intellectual Property Law is such an important economic tool in the “Entrepreneur’s Toolkit”.


John Koeppen is an Illinois native, born downstate in Carbondale and growing up in Hinsdale, a Chicago suburb. After graduation and commissioning from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in May 1984, Mr. Koeppen was assigned as an officer in the USCGC STEADFAST (WMEC 623), St. Petersburg, FL. While there assigned, he executed maritime operations in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

From 1986 to 1998, Mr. Koeppen served as an intelligence officer and a judge advocate (military lawyer), following graduation from law school at the College of William and Mary. In 1998, Mr. Koeppen left regular active duty and accepted a commission in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

In 1999, Mr. Koeppen joined the U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. as an international trade enforcement attorney. He specialized in antidumping/countervailing duty litigation in U.S. courts, before NAFTA panels, and the World Trade Organization.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Mr. Koeppen was recalled to active duty several times. From 2002-2004, Mr. Koeppen was the Deputy Chief, Coast Guard Regulations and Administrative Law. In that position, he was responsible for development of port security regulations to implement the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the largest regulatory project in Coast Guard history. From 2004-2005, Mr. Koeppen served as a strategic planner and counsel for the National Maritime Security Plan and the Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan. From 2006-2007, Mr. Koeppen served in a reserve capacity as Commander, Coast Guard Reserve Forces, Corpus Christi, TX.

In 2006, following demobilization, Mr. Koeppen joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and currently serves in the Office of Policy and External Affairs. From 2006-2007 he served on the IPR enforcement team and the Africa team, providing technical assistance and program management expertise for implementation of national and international patent, trademark, and copyright obligations.

From 2008–2010, Mr. Koeppen was again recalled to active duty for his final U.S. Coast Guard assignment as Chief, USCG Maritime Border Security. Mr. Koeppen is retired from the Coast Guard Reserve at the rank of Captain, having served over 26 years of active and reserve duty.

In 2012, Mr. Koeppen became the Director (acting), of the USPTO Global IP Academy (GIPA). The Academy offers capacity building programs in the United States and around the world on intellectual property protection, enforcement, and capitalization. Programs are offered to patent, trademark, and copyright examiners and officials, as well as judges, prosecutors, police, customs officials, foreign policy makers, and rights owners.

Julie Brocketti is a Primary Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, Virginia. She examines patent applications in the areas of electrical education, demonstration and simulation. Currently she is on detail assignment as an Attorney Advisor in the Global Intellectual Property Academy in the Office of Policy and External Affairs. Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law. Julie previously was in house counsel for IGT (International Game Technology) a gaming machine manufacturer in Nevada.


WEBINAR SCHEDULE: This webinar series is scheduled every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Changes in schedules or topics will be posted on this page and sent to you through email.

WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered to the webinar you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.

QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: National and international media, federal and state government officials, venture capitalists, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, industry representatives, university officials, entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, students, and university faculty and staff

SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.

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