2021 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp

2021 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp (PPBC)

March 23 to 26, 2021




Fee: See Pricing Below
Registration closes March 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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Strengthen Your Patent Prosecution Skills
With Our Interactive, Online Boot Camp

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 virtually for this 4-day patent prosecution boot camp.

Now in its 22nd year, AIPLA’s Patent Prosecution Boot Camp is a comprehensive, CLE-accredited seminar that includes instructional lecture-style sessions with practical tips on US 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 three technology backgrounds:

  • Biotechnology/Chemical
  • Electrical/Software
  • Mechanical

Who Should Come

Beginning and experienced practitioners that want to improve their patent prosecution skills.

Topics Covered

Day 1: Initial Inventor Interview, Inventorship; Application Drafting/Provisionals; Patent Searching/Opinions; Claim Drafting Workshop

Day 2: §§ 101, 112, 102, 103 Rejections; Responding to Office Actions Workshop

Day 3: Restrictions/Double Patenting, Continuations & RCEs; Filing Formalities; Post Allowance; Design Patents; Ethics, IDS & Duty of Candor

Day 4: Petitions/Appeals; Prosecution Tips from Litigator's Perspective; PCT Filings and International Patent Prosecution

Program and Event Schedule

Format is a 4 day online program that is scheduled with breaks and evening networking opportunities that allow for focused learning.

View the Schedule at a Glance 

Registration Rates

Junior & IP Paralegal Affiliate Members:     $195
Regular - Solo/Two-person:                         $295
Regular Member:                                          $395
Law Student/Graduate Affiliate Member:      $55
Academic & Government Member:               $99
Non-Member Registration:                            $795

CLE Information:

The 2021 AIPLA Virtual Patent Prosecution Boot Camp has a total of 1290 CLE minutes.  Ethics and Diversity/Elimination of Bias CLE credit sessions are listed below.  Credit amounts will vary by state, based upon each state’s regulations and credit calculation.

Thursday, March 25

Ethics, IDS & Duty of Candor 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

  • 90 minutes Ethics

The 2021 Virtual Patent Prosecution Boot Camp has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 21.50 hours, including 1.50 hours of Ethics CLE credit.

The above amount is the calculation for 60-minute hour states.  The maximum credit hour calculation for 50-minute hour states is 25.80 hours, including 1.80 hours of Ethics CLE credit.  Credit amounts will vary by state, based upon each state’s regulations and credit calculation.

We are an approved provider by most states requiring CLE and have applied for credit for this meeting to all states requiring CLE. 


  • Curtis, Tony200 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.
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    Haley Guiliano | Attorney

    Stefan is a patent attorney with Haley Guiliano LLP. Stefan’s legal experience is primarily directed to domestic and foreign prosecution of utility and design patent applications, preparation of legal opinions concerning patent infringement and validity issues, trade secrets, and intellectual property litigation (including actions in Federal court, and in the USPTO such as Reexaminations and Post Grant Review). Stefan also routinely counsel clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including patent portfolio management, infringement and clearance issues, and intellectual property transactions.
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    Sughrue Mion PLLC, | Counsel

    Marina Zalevsky is of counsel in the law firm of Sughrue Mion PLLC, in Washington DC, and is a registered patent attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in the patent prosecution. Prior to entering the patent field, Marina, who is a native of Ukraine, had a prolonged and successful career as an Electrical Engineer with Energizer in Cleveland, OH. Today, Marina represents clients in all areas of patent prosecution, in the industries ranging from telecom to automotive. Marina presently serves as a vice-chair of the Patent Law Committee of AIPLA.
  • Tripodi_Paul_Square200 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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    Adam R. Stephenson, LTD | Patent Attorney

    Adam Stephenson is founder of Adam R. Stephenson, LTD., a boutique IP firm located in Scottsdale, AZ. Adam is the Chair of the ex parte Appeals subcommittee of the Patent Law Committee of AIPLA, a member of the Appeals to the PTAB Committee of the PTAB Bar Association, and a member of the Patent Office Practice Committee of IPO. Adam’s interest in ex parte appeals led him to co-found a company that developed the first commercial database of ex parte appeals decisions and reflects an interest that began in law school about the use of Examiner statistics to aid patent prosecution work.
  • Oppedahl, Carl 200 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.
  • Irving, Tom 200 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.
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    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.
  • Hansen_square 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.
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    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.
  • Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Benjamin

    Perkins Coie | Counsel

    Ben has worked to develop and protect intellectual property portfolios for clients in many industries, including automotive/hybrid drive systems, irrigation systems, industrial appliances, manufacturing systems, aerospace systems, and medical devices. Additionally, Ben has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting design patents.
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    Donaldson Company | Counsel

    Sydney R. Kokjohn is intellectual property counsel at Donaldson Company, Inc. (Bloomington, MN), a global leader in the filtration industry. Prior to joining Donaldson, she worked as a patent attorney at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago, IL. Before attending law school, Sydney graduated from Iowa State University (B.S., Chemical Engineering) and was a product development engineer at 3M.
  • Sundby, S Sundby, Suzannah K.

    Managing Partner | Canady + Lortz LLP

    Suzannah practices all aspects of intellectual property law across diverse technologies including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, microfluidics, diagnostics, medical devices, and nanotechnology. Her legal practice involves patent preparation and prosecution, licensing, opinion work, post-grant proceedings, strategic planning, and client counseling. Ms. Sundby has experience assisting start-up biotech companies with the preparation and prosecution of their foundation patents, nondisclosure agreements, and related IP issues.
  • Arneson-200 Arneson, Laura

    Mueting Raasch Group | Attorney

    Laura N. Arneson is a patent attorney experienced in the areas of biotechnology and the biomedical sciences. She will soon start an in-house position after seven years at Mueting Raasch Group in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Canady, Karen 200 Canady, Ph.D., Karen S.

    Canady + Lortz LLP | Founding Partner

    Dr. Karen Canady is managing partner of the Los Angeles office of canady + lortz LLP, where she specializes in patent prosecution and client counseling, primarily serving universities and start-ups in the biotechnology industry. Her technical emphasis is in diagnostics and therapeutics, including vaccines, stem cells, biomarkers, personalized medicine, gene therapy, and recombinant molecules.
  • Peyser_Emily_square 200 Peyser, Emily C.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    Emily Peyser partners with clients to offer strategic and comprehensive intellectual property strategies to help procure and protect their patent and trademark portfolios.
  • Lezak#_ Angel_square200 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.
  • Andrew (Andy) Johnson Johnson, Andrew

    Donaldson | Intellectual Property Counsel

  • Nikhanj square200jpg Nikhanj, Rakhi

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Shareholder

    Rakhi Nikhanj is a shareholder at Mueting Raasch Group in Minneapolis, MN, a mechanical engineer, and a registered patent attorney with 15 years of patent law experience advocating for her clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to start-up companies and individual inventors. Rakhi is a volunteer for the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program and was the LegalCORPS Volunteer of the Year. She has been serving on the board of the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association for five years and is currently the Past President.
  • Murphy-Amanda-square200 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.
  • Uribe - square200 Uribe, Mauricio

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    Mauricio has extensive experience in comprehensive client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property law.
  • rogers, JenniferSquare200 Rogers, Jennifer

    Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | Partner

    Jennifer is a patent attorney whose practice focuses on the areas of software and electronics.
  • Norton Vicki - Photo_square200 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.
  • plehn-dujowich_debora 200 Plehn-Dujowich, Debora

    Eckert Seamans | Member

    Debora Plehn-Dujowich has extensive experience as a patent attorney focusing on life sciences technologies.
  • Sebor Headshot_square200 Sebor, Angela

    Tolmar | Global Intellectual Property Manager

    Angie Sebor is the Global IP Manager at Tolmar, Inc., a Colorado-based pharmaceutical company focused on specialty branded and generic products in the areas of urology, oncology, men’s health, pediatric endocrinology and dermatology. Angie is a registered U.S. patent agent with a Ph.D. in Immunology and more than 24 years’ experience in patent law, both as an in-house practitioner and in private practice, primarily in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Ken Nigon Photo200 Nigon, Ken
    Ken’s practice focuses on US and international patent protection for computer hardware, software, and business methods.
  • Hjelle square200 Hjelle, Lucas

    Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PA

    Lucas Hjelle is a patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.
  • Randall_Square 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.
  • Gibb - Square 200 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.
  • Lieberman, Rocky 200 Lieberman, Rochelle "Rocky"

    Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC | Founding Member

    Rochelle Lieberman, also known as Rocky, is a founding member of the law firm of Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC. Rocky is a registered patent attorney with 30 years of experience in the field, including both private practice and as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rocky’s practice is directed at patent searching, opinions, preparation, and prosecution, representing clients in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and computer science, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Martinez-Lemke Martinez-Lemke, Sheila

    Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP | Partner

    Sheila Martinez-Lemke is a patent attorney with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of patent prosecution She specializing in client counseling for strategic development of international patent portfolios.
  • Gwin, H Sanders 200 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.
  • Kwong,Stephanie Kwong, Stephanie

    Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC | Partner

    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.
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  • Stark-12-16-21-logo AIPLA Endorses Judge Leonard P. Stark for Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    December 16, 2021

    On December 16, 2021, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted a letter to Chair Richard J. Durbin and Ranking Member Charles E. Grassley of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of Judge Leonard P. Stark’s nomination of Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The letter outlined the Association’s White Paper (“Recommendations Regarding Nomination of Judges to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit” dated September 2018), concluding that Judge Stark not only meets the criteria, but would bring essential experience to the Court. The letter provides an enthusiastic endorsement of Judge Stark, urging the Senate to move forward with his confirmation.
  • CLEDelay-12-16-21-logo USPTO Indefinitely Delays Implementation of the Voluntary Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certification

    December 16, 2021

    On December 16, 2021, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) indefinitely delayed implementation of the voluntary continuing legal education (CLE) certification for registered patent practitioners and individuals granted limited recognition to practice before the USPTO in patent matters. The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) assembled a joint committee task force to ensure that the proposed rules did not disproportionately impact patent agents and other practitioners for whom CLE self-certification would be a significant burden and/or legal risk, and to ensure that practitioners were made aware of requirements for the registration statement and the CLE self-certification.
  • USPTOHouseLetter-12-1-21-logo AIPLA Submits Joint Letter to House of Representatives Expressing Concern Regarding Resource Appropriation for USPTO

    December 6, 2021

    On December 1, 2021, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) submitted a joint letter to House Committee members Chair DeLauro, Ranking Member Granger, Chair Cartwright, and Ranking Member Aderholt expressing concern regarding resources appropriated to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in FY 2022. The joint letter urged the House to pass a funding measure that reflects the intent of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act to fund the USPTO at a level equal to fee collection estimates.
  • Vidal-11-30-21-logo AIPLA Urges Senate to Confirm Katherine (Kathi) Vidal as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

    November 30, 2021

    On November 30, 2021, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted a letter to Chair Richard J. Durbin and Ranking Member Charles E. Grassley of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of Katherine (Kathi) Vidal’s nomination of Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The letter outlined components of the set of criteria that AIPLA used to address the needed qualifications for an individual appointed to serve as the leader of the USPTO, concluding that Ms. Vidal possesses such qualifications.
  • DOCX-10-22-21-logo USPTO Announces Delay of Patent Filing Fee for Non-DOCX Applications

    November 22, 2021

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a final rule to delay the effective date of the non-DOCX filing fee for an additional calendar year, until January 1, 2023. The fee adjustment would apply to any nonprovisional utility patent application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111, including any continuing application, that is not filed in DOCX format. The USPTO noted that this delay allows applicants additional time to adjust to filing patent applications in the new format and also enables the USPTO to conduct further testing of its systems. AIPLA was at the fore of expressing concern to the USPTO about requiring patent applications to be filed exclusively in a DOCX format, noting the potentially significant impact on its members and the system.