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Understanding Patents and the Patent Application Process

for Engineers and Scientists

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COURSE INTRODUCTION: A patent is a grant issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) giving inventors the right to exclude all others from making, using, or selling their inventions within the United States, its territories, and possessions for up to 20 years. Every inventor, entrepreneur, researcher, engineer, doctor, student and creative individual needs to know about patents and how you can benefit and be protected by a patent grant. Applying for a patent requires careful planning. Understanding the patent application, prosecution, and litigation process (both U.S. and internationally) is often critical to the commercialization of any technology and/or start-up company.


Tuesdays, from 8:30 to 10:00pm ET

November 5 - Lecture 1: Patent Law in the Scheme of IP Law
November 12 - Lecture 2: Patent Law Requirements &Changes under the AIA
November 19 - Lecture 3: Anatomy of a Patent Application, Filing, Oversight
November 26 - Lecture 4: Best Practices/Policies for Disclosure, Filing, Prosecution & Licensing
December 3 - Lecture 5: Patent Valuation/Commercialization


Shubha Ghosh, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
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Sumita Ghosh, J.D., Ph.D.

Of Counsel
Chowdhury & Georgakis, P.C.
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Fees include 5 online classes and course materials

REGULAR FEE: $297.00
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1. Review the context of Patents within the various IP Regimes (trademarks/copyrights/trade secrets/patents)

2. What is a Patent (utility patents, design patents, patenting computer programs and biotech, business method patents), what is patentable, and why pursue patent protection

3. An overview of the patent application process (from filing strategy, to actual filing, to prosecution, to issuance, to maintenance)

4. Anatomy of a U.S. Non-provisional Patent Application

5. Best practices relating to maintaining laboratory/engineers notebooks, avoiding patentability statutory bars, inventorship, dates of invention, and ownership of patents

6. Introduction to marketing, licensing, commercialization and valuation of issued and pending patent applications.

7. Exercises may include: searching prior art, using PAIR, filing electronically, claims analysis.

CERTIFICATE: Registered attendees who achieve 60% or greater on the final online multiple-choice test at the end of the program will be granted a Certificate of Successful Completion for this course.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS: Please download the PDF of A Guide to Filing a Utility Patent Application from the USPTO website: A Guide to Filing Utility Patent Application

LECTURE NOTES/SLIDES: The power point webinar lectures will enhance the text book and reference materials. Additional live exercises will require familiarity with the USPTO website and other web resources.


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

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