2021 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp
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2021 Patent Prosecution Boot Camp (PPBC)
March 23 to 26, 2021
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:
Who Should Come
Beginning and experienced practitioners that want to improve their patent prosecution skills.
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
Format is a 4 day online program that is scheduled with breaks and evening networking opportunities that allow for focused learning.
Program and Event Schedule
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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
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
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.
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner | AttorneyTony 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.
Osterbur, Stefan D.
Haley Guiliano | AttorneyStefan 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.
Sughrue Mion PLLC, | CounselMarina 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 II, Paul D.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | PartnerPaul 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).
Stephenson, Adam R.
Adam R. Stephenson, LTD | Patent AttorneyAdam 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 Patent Law Firm LLC | PartnerCarl Oppedahl is a frequent speaker on the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He is the author of the Ant-Like Persistence blog.
Irving, Thomas L.
Finnegan | PartnerTom 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.
Polson Intellectual Property Law | Founder and Senior PartnerMargaret 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, Robert M.
The Marbury Law Group | PartnerRobert (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.
Workman Nydegger | ShareholderJustin 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.
Perkins Coie | CounselBen 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.
Donaldson Company | CounselSydney 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, Suzannah K.
Managing Partner | Canady + Lortz LLPSuzannah 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.
Mueting Raasch Group | AttorneyLaura 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, Ph.D., Karen S.
Canady + Lortz LLP | Founding PartnerDr. Canady’s practice emphasizes biotechnology patent preparation and prosecution, representing universities and research institutes, as well as start-ups and publicly-traded companies. She also counsels clients to help them with strategic portfolio development and assessment.
Peyser, Emily C.
Polsinelli | ShareholderEmily Peyser partners with clients to offer strategic and comprehensive intellectual property strategies to help procure and protect their patent and trademark portfolios.
Lezak, Arriènne (Angel) M.
Polsinelli | ShareholderA 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.
Donaldson | Intellectual Property Counsel
Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | ShareholderRakhi Nikhanj is a Shareholder at Mueting Raasch Group in Minneapolis, MN, and is a registered patent attorney with 14 years of experience advocating for her clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to start-up companies and individual inventors. Her patent work spans technical areas such as medical devices, high technology filters, software, material science, acoustics, sensors, and radio frequency and other communication systems.
Murphy, Ph.D., Amanda K.
Finnegan | PartnerAmanda 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.
Knobbe Martens | PartnerMauricio has extensive experience in comprehensive client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property law.
Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | PartnerJennifer is a patent attorney whose practice focuses on the areas of software and electronics.
Duane Morris LLP | PartnerVicki 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.
Eckert Seamans | MemberDebora Plehn-Dujowich has extensive experience as a patent attorney focusing on life sciences technologies.
Tolmar | Global Intellectual Property ManagerAngie 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’s practice focuses on US and international patent protection for computer hardware, software, and business methods.
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, PALucas Hjelle is a patent attorney at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.
Randall, David A.
Brooks Kushman P.C. | ShareholderDavid 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, III, Frederick W.
Gibb & Riley | Principal and FounderFrederick 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, Rochelle "Rocky"
Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC | Founding MemberRochelle 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.
Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP | PartnerSheila 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
Shumaker & Sieffert, P.A | PrincipalH. 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.
Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC | PartnerStephanie 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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