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209B Patent Prosecution and Practice (3)

Seminar - 3 hours. This skill-based course examines the core requirements and strategies for drafting and prosecuting a patent application before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (US PTO). We will examine the theory and practice of drafting patent claims and their supporting disclosure, conducting inventor interviews, and performing patentability searches and other preparatory fact investigations. A major objective of the course will be in helping students draft and prosecute a complete patent application in a real-world setting. Students will interact with real inventors and US PTO examiners to gain the experience of getting a patent issued – through interactions with an inventor to develop an idea and draft a patent application, responding to rejections and office actions from the US PTO after filing the patent application, through interactions with a US PTO examiner to interview the office action and getting the application issued. Students are evaluated on participation, in-class and take-home exercises, and projects relating to the drafting and prosecution of a patent application.

Spring 2017: Class taught on accelerated, non-traditional schedule. Please see meeting times below:

  • Five meetings from 5:10-8:10 PM every other Thursday from February 2nd through March 16th.
  • Two additional meetings from 10:00 AM-3:30 PM, Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 15 (these longer course sessions will include breaks).

Prerequisites: 274, Intellectual Property or instructor consent.
Graduation Requirements: Counts towards Professional Skills Requirement.

This course was offered:

  • Spring 2017
    • Kirupa Pushparaj
  • Spring 2015
    • Jennifer Bush