Course Details

Patent Preparation & Prosecution Workshop

The Patent Preparation and Prosecution Workshop is focused practically on preparing and obtaining issued patents having both broad coverage and sufficient detail for contingencies which may arise at the patent office, in licensing, and in litigation. Students will participate, in small groups of 2-3 students, in conducting invention disclosure sessions with university scientists and engineers, generally within the students' technical or scientific fields. Using information from the invention disclosure session and other materials provided by the inventors, each group of students will then apply the core applicable laws and regulations in preparing an actual patent application. The course will focus on how to "engineer" a patent application within the legal "structural" constraints, including patent claim drafting, patent claim mechanics and legal interpretation, preparation of a patent specification (written description, enablement, best mode), amendments and responses to office actions from the USPTO, additional foreign requirements for international protection. If time permits, we will review new approaches for preparing software patents in light of new US patent office guidelines and recent precedent. Drafts of sections (claims, specification) of each group's patent application will be submitted at regular intervals, with opportunities to meet with and receive feedback from the professor and revise the application accordingly. Regular and much shorter assignments will also include claim drafting and brief specification drafting from inventions provided in class, which will be submitted by each student, reviewed in class, and reviewed individually. Students will also meet regularly in small groups with the professor for individualized feedback on course assignments and drafts of their actual patent applications. Evaluation will be based on each group's patent application prepared during the course, along with individual class participation, class presentations, and regular course assignments. Prerequisite: Patent Law

Catalog Number: INTPROP 910-0
Additional Course Information: MSL students only


Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Patent Preparation & Prosecution Workshop
Faculty: Gamburd, Nancy R
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 24     Actual: 23

Spring 2018
Title: Patent Preparation & Prosecution Workshop
Faculty: Gamburd, Nancy R
Section: 1     Credits: 1.5
Capacity: 24     Actual: 21

Spring 2017
Title: Patent Preparation & Prosecution Workshop
Faculty: Gamburd, Nancy R
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 10

Spring 2016
Title: Patent Preparation & Prosecution Workshop
Faculty: Gamburd, Nancy R
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 24     Actual: 5