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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, hands-on claim drafting, and responding to office actions workshops taught by highly skilled, experienced private and corporate practitioners.  At the program’s conclusion, attendees may choose to participate in one of three hands-on claim drafting and responding to office actions workshops in these areas:
  1. Biotechnology/Chemical

  2. Electrical/Software

  3. Mechanical



Stay over from the boot camp to attend AIPLA's 2015 Annual Meeting and receive a discounted rate on registration!
Necessary discount codes can be found in your Patent Prosecution Bootcamp registration confirmation email. 
*Discounted 2015 Annual Meeting Registration is subject to verification of your registration for the 2015 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp.

*Information coming soon

 *Program - subject to change

Tuesday, October 20

​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, Johnson & JohnsonNew Brunswick, NJ

9:00–9:45 am

Application Drafting & Provisional Applications
Scott Cummings, Dentons US, LLP, Washington, DC

​9:45–10:15 am

​Patent Prosecution Under the AIA
Brad Pederson, Patterson Thuente Penderson, PA, Minneapolis, MN

10:15-10:30 am


10:30-11:00 am Inventorship
H. Sanders Gwin, Shumaker & Sieffert, PA, Woodbury, MN
11:00 – 11:30 am

Restriction Elections & Double Patenting
Ann Mueting, Mueting Raasch & Gebhardt, Minneapolis, MN
Brian Stanton, US DOC/HHS, Washington, DC  

​11:30 am - 12:00 pm

​Interviewing Examiners & Knowing the USPTO
Amanda Murphy, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC

​12:00 - 12:45 pm

12:45 - 1:30 pm

Prosecution Tips from a Patent Litigator's Perspective

Paul Tripodi, Wilson Sonsin Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, CA

1:30 - 1:45 pm Break
​ ​• Plenary Session •
1:45–2:15 pm ​Responding to § 102 and § 103 Rejections
Gregory D. Allen, 3M Innovative Propperties Company, St. Paul, MN
​2:15 - 2:45 pm

Responding to § 101 and § 112 Rejections
Marlan Walker, TherapeuticsMD, Inc., Boca Raton, FL

​2:45–3:30 pm

Petitions & Appeals
William Smith, Baker Hostetler, LLP, Seattle, WA

3:30–3:45 pm


​3:45–4:30 pm

​Continuation Practice & Requesting Continued Examination
Mercedes K. Meyer, Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Washington, DC

4:30 - 5:30 pm Issuance, Term, Certification of Correction, Disclaimers & Maintenance
Robert Hansen, Marbury Law Group, Reston, VA

Wednesday, October 21

7:00 am–5:30 pm Registration & CLE Information
7:00–8:00 am Continental Breakfast
• Plenary Session •​ ​
8:00–9:00 am PCT Filing and International Prosecution
Sam Helfgott, KattenMuchinROsenman, LLP, New York, New York
 • Responding to Office Actions Workshop •

9:00 am –12:00 pm ​Electrical/Software
Carl Oppedahl, Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, LLC


Denise M. Kettelberger, Sustein Kann et al.
Brian Stanton, US DOC/HHS, Washington, DC

Maria Eliseeva, Patentbar International. PC, Newton, MA
12:00 - 12:30 pm


12:30 - 1:30 pm Ethics, IDS & Duty of Candor
Tom Irving, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC
1:30 –1:45 pm Break
• Claim Drafting Workshops •
​1:45 - 5:30 pm Electrical/Software
Rick A Toering, Toering Patents, PLLC
Lawrence Sung, Wiley Rein, LLP, Washington, DC
Kimberly Prior, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ
Glen Messina, Fox Rothschild, LLP, Blue Bell, PA
David Randall, Sheppard Mullin, Los Angeles, CA
​*Program is subject to change

Note: All Materials will be provided to all attendees 
n a thumb drive at the conference 

Registration Fees:


AIPLA members   

$ 495

$ 695
Government/Student AIPLA member 
$ 245

Hotel Information:

Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC | 2660 Woodley Rd, NW | Washington, DC 20008 
Room Rate: $305 (single/double) | Cut-off Date: September 28, 2015
Call 877-212-5752 or 202-328-2000 and ask for the AIPLA Group Rate or make a reservation online here.

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