2019 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp -Philadelphia, PA

May 13 to 15, 2019


Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street

Philadelphia , PA, United States


Malene Ward


Fee: AIPLA Member - $495 | Non-Member – $695 |

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Are you interested in staying current on patent prosecution practice or involved in cross-disciplinary practice? Are you a new or junior lawyer, a patent agent, or a technical advisor? Are you a foreign practitioner who wants to understand and speak the language of the USPTO and US practitioners when sending instructions on a US case or when receiving instructions on a local case?

If your answer is “yes” to any of the above questions, or if you simply love patent law, please join us at the Loews Philadelphia for this 2.5-day patent prosecution seminar, which is being held immediately before AIPLA’s Spring Meeting. 

Now in its 20th year, AIPLA’s Patent Prosecution Boot Camp is a comprehensive, CLE-accredited seminar that includes instructional lecture-style sessions with practical tips on U.S. and international patent preparation and prosecution, as well as hands-on interactive workshops that will walk you through drafting claims and responding to office actions. To ensure that the workshops are relevant to your practice, they are held in smaller groups according to technology backgrounds: (1) Biotechnology/Chemical, (2) Electrical/Software, and (3) Mechanical.

Day 1 focuses on preparation of a patent application. 
Day 2 focuses on prosecution of the application to grant. 
Day 3 is a half-day program dedicated to more advanced topics such as petitions, appeals, post-grant proceedings, and international practice.

View the Event Schedule & Program. Stay around after the Patent Prosecution Boot Camp and attend the Spring Meeting taking place at the same hotel. If you attend the Boot Camp and then register for the 2019 Spring Meeting, you will get $200 off your Spring Meeting registration fee.Check your Patent Prosecution Boot Camp registration confirmation email for details. 

Program Agenda & Tentative Schedule

Monday, May 13, 2019 – Application Preparation

7:30 am - Breakfast, Welcome & Overview

7:40 am - Opening Remarks - Myra McCormack, Johnson & Johnson

8:00 am - Initial ‘Inventor’ Interview and Invention Disclosure

8:35 am - Inventorship

9:05 am – Patent Searching and Opinions

9:40 am - BREAK

9:55 amApplication Drafting and Provisional Applications

10:35 am – Overview of Design Patents

11:35 am – Filing Formalities

12:05 pm - BREAK

12:20 pm – LUNCH - Programs and Opportunities for Stakeholders Training at the USPTO - Unsu Jung, Office of Patent Training, US Patent & Trademark Office (invited)

1:35 pm – BREAK

1:50 pm – Claims Drafting Workshop: MECHANICAL

1:50 pm – Claims Drafting Workshop: ELECTRICAL

1:50 pm – Claims Drafting Workshop: BIOTECH/PHARMA/CHEMICAL

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Prosecution of a Patent Application

7:30 am - Breakfast

7:45 am - Responding to § 101 / §112 Rejections

8:35 am - Responding to § 103 Rejections

9:05 am – Restriction Elections / Double Patenting

9:45 am - BREAK

10:00 amContinuations and RCEs

10:30 am – Examiner Interviews & Knowing the USPTO

11:05 am – Ethics, IDS & Duty of Candor

12:05 pm - BREAK

12:20 pmLUNCH: “Shine a Light on the World: Drafting and prosecuting in light of varying laws and rules around the globe” - Greg Durbin, Polsinelli

1:35 pm – BREAK

1:50 pm – Responding to Office Actions: MECHANICAL

1:50 pm – Responding to Office Actions: ELECTRICAL/SOFTWARE

1:50 pm – Responding to Office Actions: BIOTECH/CHEMICAL


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Digging Deeper: Petitions, Appeals, Post-Grant Proceedings, and International Practice

7:45 am – Petitions and Appeals

8:40 am - Prosecution Tips from a Patent Litigator's Perspective

9:20 am – Issuance, Term, Certification of Correction, Disclaimers & Maintenance

10:00 am - BREAK

10:15 am Post-Grant Proceedings

11:15 am – PCT Filings and International Patent Prosecution

12:45 am – Concluding Remarks

Hotel Details


Loews Philadelphia Hotel 
1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
Group Room Rate: $209 (single/double) 
Room Block Cut-Off: April 22, 2019 
Book your room by calling 1-888-575-6397 or make your reservation online:


  • Todd Baker Baker, W. Todd

    Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Partner

    W. Todd Baker is Chair of the firm’s Post-Grant Patent practice group and is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.
  • Cassell-Justin-100 Cassell, Justin J.

    Workman Nydegger | Shareholder

    Justin counsels clients on patent procurement, intellectual property due diligence, validity and infringement, strategic international IP protection, post-grant proceedings, and preliminary patent enforcement and defense actions.
  • Scott-Cummings-100 Cummings, Scott W.

    Dentons | Partner

    Scott Cummings is a leader of Dentons' Post-Grant Group of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Dentons’ Post-Grant practice has received national accolades. In the 2018 Patexia IPR Intelligence Report performance ratings, Dentons was ranked number 1 for Petitioner representation, and ranked number 4 overall.
  • Anthony-Curtis-100 Curtis, Anthony

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner | Attorney

    Tony Curtis is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. His practice includes patent procurement, portfolio management and strategic counseling in a wide range of electrical, software, and mechanical technologies.
  • Gregory-Durbin-100 Durbin, Gregory P.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    Greg’s practice involves the full spectrum of patent matters. At its core, however, is patent portfolio management — preparing, filing, and prosecuting strategic patents, both in the United States and internationally.
  • robert-esposito-100 Esposito, Dr. Robert A.

    RatnerPrestia | Associate

    Dr. Robert A. Esposito is a registered Patent Attorney with over nine years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of Electrical and Computer technology.
  • Frederick-Gibb-100 Gibb, III, Frederick W.

    Gibb & Riley | Principal and Founder

    Frederick W. Gibb, III is a principal and founding member of the firm, Gibb & Riley, and is a registered patent attorney principally drafting and prosecuting patent applications.
  • H-Sanders-Gwin-100 Gwin, H. Sanders

    Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | Principal

    H. Sanders Gwin, Jr. is a Principal of Shumaker & Sieffert. Sanders specializes in patent preparation/prosecution and patent infringement/validity counseling in the chemical, materials and software fields.
  • Robert-M-Hansen-100 Hansen, Robert M.

    The Marbury Law Group | Partner

    Robert (Bob) Hansen was a founding partner of Hansen Huang Technology Group, LLP which merged with Roberts Mardula & Wertheim, LLC to form The Marbury Law Group. Mr. Hansen has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent preparation and prosecution; patentability, validity, and infringement opinions; sale and licensing of intellectual property; strategic patent portfolio development; and litigation.
  • Thomas-Irving-100 Irving, Thomas L.

    Finnegan | Partner

    Tom Irving has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. His practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, and reissue and reexamination.
  • Andrew (Andy) Johnson Johnson, Andrew

    Donaldson | Intellectual Property Counsel

  • Bea-Koempel-Thomas-100 Koempel-Thomas, Bea

    Lee & Hayes | Patent Attorney/Partner

    Bea leads Lee & Hayes’ International Practice. She advises and assists clients on a variety of intellectual property issues including drafting patent applications for international prosecution to enhance the business value of assets and managing international patent portfolios.
  • Stephen-Kunin-100 Kunin-Stephen

    Maier & Maier | Partner

    Mr. Kunin is a Partner at Maier & Maier PLLC, where he specializes in all areas of patent practice. His expertise includes post-issuance proceedings at the United States Patent Office, opinions of counsel, advising attorneys and our clients on complex patent prosecution matters, patent litigation strategy, and United States Patent Office patent policy, practice and procedure, for which he is highly sought after for expert testimony.
  • Stephanie-Kwong-100 Kwong, Stephanie

    Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC | Senior Attorney

    Stephanie is a registered patent attorney. In addition to patent prosecution, Stephanie has experience in trademark prosecution and maintenance, opinions, licensing, due diligence review and dispute resolution including intellectual property litigation.
  • Arrienne-Lezak-100 Lezak, Arriènne (Angel) M.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    A registered patent attorney and former senior patent examiner, Angel approaches prosecution with a personal, creative, and effective approach that is informed by extensive experience in the arts.
  • Rochelle Lieberman Lieberman, Rochelle "Rocky"

    Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC | Member

    Rochelle Lieberman, Esq., is a member of the law firm of Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC, where she specializes in intellectual property law (i.e. patents, trademarks, and copyrights). Ms. Lieberman is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
  • Yelena-Morozova-100 Morozova, Yelena

    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP | Associate

    With a professional career spanning across three countries and with more than ten years of legal experience across two continents, Yelena’s unique background enables her to understand cultural nuances and helps her to advise a broad range of clients across the world.
  • Mueting, Ann

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Patent Attorney

    Ann is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of chemical and biotechnology patent law including material science, polymers, chemical process technology, semiconductor process technology, pharmaceuticals, immunology, peptide and nucleic acid technologies, medical treatments, and related opinion work.
  • Amanda-Murphy-100 Murphy, Ph.D., Amanda K.

    Finnegan | Partner

    Amanda Murphy, Ph.D., focuses her practice on strategic client counseling, portfolio management, and patent prosecution for a range of clients, including small startup companies, research foundations, and large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Rakhi Nikhanj Nikhanj, Rakhi

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Patent Attorney

    Rakhi is a patent attorney practicing in the areas of domestic and international patent protection and related opinion work in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts with an emphasis on medical devices, software systems, high technology filtration, acoustics, material science and material handling.
  • Vicki Norton Norton, Vicki

    Duane Morris LLP | Partner

    Vicki G. Norton, Ph.D., serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Life Sciences/Biotech industry group. In over two decades of life science patent counseling and litigation, she has devised strategies for clients to successfully counter patent claims and demands totaling over $2 billion, has performed IP diligence for transactions and at the market offerings worth over $2.5 billion, and has formulated worldwide patent strategies for clients entering public markets with valuations of over $6 billion.
  • Oppedahl, Carl

    Oppedahl Patent Law Firm LLC | Partner

    Carl Oppedahl is a frequent speaker on the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He is the author of the Ant-Like Persistence blog.
  • Stefan-Osterbur-100 Osterbur, Stefan D.

    Reising Ethington | Senior Attorney

    Stefan provides patent prosecution and preparation services to a wide range of clients, from solo inventors and start-ups to global enterprises.
  • Debora-Plehn-Dujowich-100 Plehn-Dujowich, Debora

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP | Counsel

    Debora Plehn-Dujowich has extensive experience as a patent attorney focusing on life sciences technologies.
  • Margaret Polson Polson, Margaret

    Polson Intellectual Property Law | Founder and Senior Partner

    Margaret Polson, Founder and Senior Partner for Polson Intellectual Property Law, leads the firm in authority and expert knowledge of intellectual property law. Overseeing the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, trademarks, and copyrights, she also assists clients with licensing and intellectual property strategy and management.
  • David-Randall-100 Randall, David A.

    Brooks Kushman P.C. | Shareholder

    David is a registered patent attorney with over 25 years of experience. He has represented clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and trade secret litigation throughout the United States, as well as multi-jurisdictional matters.
  • Marc-richards-100 Richards, Marc

    Brinks Gilson & Lione | Shareholder

    With more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law, Marc Richards has helped secure and defend the innovations for the world’s largest high performing companies and for the newest high tech start-ups.
  • Jennifer-Rogers-100 Rogers, Jennifer

    Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | Partner

    Jennifer is a patent attorney whose practice focuses on the areas of software and electronics.
  • John-Salazar-100 Salazar, John

    Middleton Reutlinger | Director and Member of the Management Committee

    John Salazar currently serves as a member of Middleton Reutlinger’s management committee. He is a registered patent attorney and concentrates his legal practice in intellectual property, especially in patents, trademarks, copyrights and computer law.
  • Angela Dallas Sebor Sebor, Angela

    Tolmar | Global Intellectual Property Manager

    Dr. Angela Sebor is a registered U.S. Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in Immunology and more than 23 years’ experience in patent law, primarily in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Elise-Selinger-100 Selinger, Elise

    Patterson + Sheridan | Associate

    From her decade of experience as a materials engineer to her law practice today, Elise has always been driven by analyzing and improving technologies.
  • William-F-Smith-100 Smith, William F.

    Baker & Hostetler | Of Counsel

    Bill Smith is a former administrative patent judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He focuses his practice on advising clients in complicated patent matters, including reexamination proceedings, appeals, interferences, post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and patent litigations.
  • Theresa-Stadheim-100 Stadheim, Theresa

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. | Principal

    Theresa Stadheim is a registered patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. Theresa’s practice involves writing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of wireless technologies, military and government technology, cryptographic and secure systems, computer architecture and programming, memory devices, and oil and gas industry technologies.
  • Stanton, Brian

    Stanton Consulting | Principal

    Brian R. Stanton, Ph.D. trained as a molecular geneticist specializing in cancer research. After post graduate work utilizing embryonic stem cell technology to study animal development, he joined the US Patent and Trademark Office where he spent 12 years working in biopharmaceutical patenting.
  • Suzannah-Sundby-100 Sundby, Suzannah K.

    Managing Partner | Canady + Lortz LLP

    Suzannah practices all aspects of intellectual property law across a diverse array of technological fields including biochemistry, molecular biology, recombinant technologies, small molecules, pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines, microfluidics, diagnostics, medical devices and treatments, orphan drugs, catalyst compositions, and nanotechnology.
  • Paul-D-Tripodi-100 Tripodi II, Paul D.

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Partner

    Paul D. Tripodi II is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent litigation, contract disputes involving intellectual property, and trade secret misappropriation. He has been involved in both bench and jury trials, as well as proceedings before various international tribunals and the International Trade Commission (ITC).
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