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The Patent System Boot Camp: An In-depth Primer

World Trade Center
121 SW Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97204, US (map)



A cost effective resource for basic IP training that would otherwise be coordinated and produced in-house. This 4-hour workshop will describe, in depth, the entire patent system, from its reason for existence to how to create strong patents as valuable corporate assets.

The first hour of the workshop will be a general overview of the patent system and will be lead by Vincent Chiappetta, Professor of Law, Willamette University.

Content will include:

  • Why the US has an intellectual property system
  • How patents relate to other forms of intellectual property
  • How patents are used both offensively and defensively

In addition, three small-group sessions will provide access, in a non-threatening, teaching environment, from industry veterans who will answer questions specific to your industry or business.

Small Group Breakout Sessions

Steps to take before filing a patent application Lead: Brenna Legaard, Lane Powell PC •When and how to document inventions •How to decide whether a patent application should be filed •How to work with inside or outside patent counsel

How to draft a patent application Leads: Thaine Allison, Director Technology, SB&I, Nike Jay Rafter, Stoel Rives LLP •How to develop an application that will ultimately issue as a patent •Why are claims so hard to read (and how to read them)

How to successfully navigate an application through the Patent Office Leads: Kevin Ross, Marger Johnson McCollom PC Rick Boyd, Ater Wynne LLP •How examiners use "Prior Art" •How to best respond to Patent Office rejections •How to prosecute a patent that will withstand an invalidity attack

Participants will take home a packet of valuable materials specific to developing an in-house patent system.

Who should attend? • Engineers new to the patent system •Engineering managers •Managers having IP responsibility •VCs who seek in-depth knowledge about the patent system •Small business owners and entrepreneurs

Event Details: Date: October 9, 2013 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Networking and Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Program, break-sessions and Q&A Location: World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street, 2WTC, Mezzanine 2, 3, and 4, Portland, OR 97204 Cost: TAO Members $55 | Nonmembers TAO $85 To Register: www.techoregon.org

Sponsor: Marger Johnson & McCollom PC