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Patent Prosecution Boot Camp


Who Should Attend: 


This two-day seminar, also referred to as “boot camp,” is tailored to new practitioners (i.e., those having less than two years of experience), or others who want to learn the basics of patent application preparation and prosecution. This comprehensive CLE-accredited seminar includes instructional sessions and hands-on claim drafting workshops taught by skilled and experienced private and corporate practitioners. The program will conclude with a choice of one of three hands-on claim drafting workshops in these areas:

  1. Biotechnology/Chemical

  2. Electrical/Software

  3. Mechanical

CNA has approved a 5% premium discount for the April 28-29, 2015 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp. 


- Stick around after the boot camp is over to attend the 2015 Spring Meeting at a discounted rate! 


- Necessary discount codes can be found in your Patent Prosecution Bootcamp registration email confirmation.


*Discounted 2015 Spring Meeting Registration is subject to verification of your registration for the 2015 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp.
We are an approved provider by most states requiring CLE and have applied for credit for this meeting to all states requiring CLE. The number of credit hours will vary depending on the requirements of the individual state. For 50-minute states, up to 19.8 CLE credit hours, including 1.2 Ethics hours are available. Certificates of Attendance, Attendance Sign-in Rosters and all other CLE information for states with CLE requirements will be available at the Registration Desk.
The Patent Prosecution Boot Camp has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California (a 60-minute state) in the amount of 16.5 credit hours, including 1.0 Ethics hour. AIPLA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
*Disclaimer:  AIPLA is a nonprofit national bar association.  The sole purpose of this CLE program is to provide educational and informational content.  AIPLA does not provide legal services or advice.  The opinions, views and other statements expressed by contributors to this CLE program are solely those of the contributors.  These opinions, views and statements of the contributors do not necessarily represent those of AIPLA and should not be construed as such.


Tuesday, April 28

​7:00 am–5:30 pm

Registration & CLE Information

7:00–8:00 am 
Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:15 am


Welcome & Over​view

Ehab Samuel
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Yelena Morozova
Gill Jennings & Every LLP


• Plenary Session •
8:15–9:00 am

Searching, Interviewing Inventors & Client Goals 
Kimberly Prior (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ
9:00–9:45 am Application Drafting & Provisional Applications
Scott Cummings (Bio, Paper, Slides)
SNR Denton US, LLP
Washington, DC
​9:4510:00 am


10:00 am - 12:00 pm Claim Drafting - Introduction, Examples &  Discussion  
David Randall (Mechanical) (Slides)
Sheppard Mullin
Los Angeles, CA

Rick Toering (Electrical/Software) (Bio, Slides)
Toering Patents PLLC
Leesburg, VA

Lawrence Sung (Biotechnology/Chemical) (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Wiley Rein LLP
Washington, DC 

12:00–1:00 pm

Patent Prosecution under the AIA 

Brad Pedersen (Luncheon Speaker) (Bio, Slides)
Patterson Thuente Pedersen, PA
Minneapolis, MN
​1:00 - 1:30 pm


​ ​• Plenary Session •
1:30–2:00 pm

Ann Mueting (Sanders Gwin Slides)
Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt
Minneapolis, MN
2:00–2:30 pm

Restriction Elections & Double Patenting
Ann Mueting (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt
Minneapolis, MN

Brian Stanton (Slides)
Washington, DC

2:30–3:05 pm

Responding to § 102 and § 103 Rejections
Denise Kettelberger (Paper, Slides)
Sunstein Kann
Boston, MA
3:05 - 3:45 pm
Responding to § 101 and § 112 Rejections
Darren Franklin (Bio, Slides)
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Los Angeles, CA

3:45–4:00 pm


4:00–4:30 pm

Interviewing Examiners & Knowing the USPTO
Amanda Murphy (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Finnegan, Henderson, et al.
Washington, DC
4:30–5:30 pm

Ethics, IDSs & Duty of Candor
Tom Irving (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Finnegan Henderson, et al.
Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 29

7:00 am–5:00 pm
Registration & CLE Information

7:00–8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
• Plenary Session •​ ​
8:00–8:45 am

Petitions & Appeals
William Smith (Bio, Paper, Slides)
BakerHostetler LLP
Seattle, WA
8:45–9:30 am

​Prosecution Tips from a Patent Litigator's Perspective
Paul Tripodi (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA
9:30–10:45 am

​PCT Filing and International Prosecution
Carl Oppedahl (Bio, Slides)
Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC
Westminister, CO

10:45–11:00 am


11:00 –11:45 am

​​Continuation Practice & Requesting Continued Examination
Mercedes K. Meyer (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP
Washington, DC

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Issuance, Term, Certification of Correction, Disclaimers & Maintenance
Robert Hansen (Bio, Paper, Slides)
Marbury Law Group
Reston, VA
12:30 –1:30 pm
Post-Grant Proceedings and Patent Litigation under the AIA
Troy Grabow (Luncheon Speaker) (Bio,Paper, Slides)
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Washington, DC


​1:30 - 2:00 pm ​Lunch
• Concurrent Claim Drafting Workshops•​ ​
2:00–5:00 pm

(with a 15 minute break)

David Randall
Sheppard Mullin
Los Angeles, CA

Rick Toering (Workshop Slides)
Toering Patents PLLC
Leesburg, VA

Kimberly Prior
Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ

Peter Munson
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
San Diego, CA

Registration Fees:


AIPLA members   

$ 495

$ 695
Government/Student AIPLA member 
$ 245

Hotel Information:

JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE |​ | 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Room Rate: $249 (single/double) | Cut-off Date: April 6, 2015
Call (877) 622-3056 and ask for the AIPLA Group Rate or make a reservation online here.

*Discounted 2015 Spring Meeting Registration is subject to verification of your registration for the 2015 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp.