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US Patent Practice Training Course: face to face & live webinar

*What all European patent attorneys need to know*

An intensive and highly interactive two-day seminar including discussions on US patent law and strategies and tactics for patent prosecution at the US Patent Office

3-4 Dec 2020

& 10-11 Jun 2021 , 1-2 Dec 2021

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Course overview

Key topics covered:

  • Legal framework
  • Claim construction
  • US patent prosecution practice and procedure
  • The written description, enablement and best mode requirements
  • Definiteness
  • Statutory subject matter
  • Novelty and prior art
  • Obviousness
  • Provisional and continuing applications
  • Restriction practice and obviousness
    • Type double patenting
  • USPTO programs
  • Patent Law Treaty implementation
  • Duty of candor
  • Infringement
  • Patent litigation and damages

Why you should attend

The area of US patent practice can be complex and confusing. Are you up to date with the latest court decisions and best practice?

This highly interactive seminar will give you a comprehensive understanding of the US patent system and enable you to work more effectively with your US counterparts. It will highlight the important differences between US and European patent practice and provide you with the opportunity for in-depth discussions about prosecution practice and procedure throughout the two days. The programme will cover important tactics to get the most out of your prosecution dollar, and provide lots of claim drafting tips to give your application a solid footing for US prosecution and enforcement.

This event will bring you right up to date on the latest legislative changes under the America Invents Act (AIA), as well as all the recent and pending US Supreme and other court decisions of importance. You will also get to grips with current happenings in the USPTO that could impact on your role.

This is a fantastic opportunity to take full advantage of the open seminar environment that this event offers. With a high degree of interaction with the expert trainers as well as other participants, this is a great forum for discussing your particular questions and concerns. Offering a wide-ranging and detailed understanding, this seminar covers what every European patent practitioner should know about US patent practice.

Who should attend?

  • Corporate patent counsel
  • Patent attorneys from corporate and private practice
  • Intellectual property consultants
  • Patent managers and engineers
  • Company legal advisers
  • All those involved with patent protection in the United States


This seminar merits 12.5 hours under the UK Solicitors Regulatory Authority self accreditation scheme (refg. CJA/MAFO) and may also be relevant training under the IPREG CPD self accreditation scheme.


Legal framework

  • Statutes and rules
  • Courts and agencies
  • Requirements for patentability

Claim construction

  • Phillips – broad multifaceted inquiry
  • Claim construction rules and guidelines
  • Claim construction in the USPTO

US patent prosecution – general flow of events

Written description

  • ‘Possession’ of claimed invention
  • Ariad – increased focus on what inventors actually did
  • Written description guidelines
  • Negative limitations


  • Wands factors – to show whether the amount of experimentation necessary would be ‘undue’
  • Interplay with written description requirement

Best mode

  • Effect of the AIA


  • Nautilus – the ‘reasonable certainty’ standard
  • USPTO practice

Means-plus-function claiming

Statutory subject matter

  • Supreme Court jurisprudence
  • USPTO guidance
  • Court of Appeal


  • Impossibility
  • Judicial interpretation

Patent Law Treaty implementation

Novelty and prior art

  • Anticipation
  • Pre-AIA – ‘first to invent’
  • Post-AIA – ‘first to file’


  • Graham and KSR
  • USPTO practice – prima facie obviousness
  • USPTO KSR guidelines
  • Method claims

Provisional applications

  • Pre-AIA vs post-AIA

Continuing applications

  • Continuations, divisionals, continuations-in-part

Restriction practice

  • Restriction requirement
  • Restriction vs Election of Species
  • Rejoinder

Patent term and PTA

Obviousness – type double patenting

  • Gilead cases
  • Terminal disclaimers

USPTO programs

  • Terminal disclaimers

Patent Law Treaty implementation

Obviousness – type double patenting (continued)

  • Accelerated examination, track one, patent prosecution highway
  • First action interview, after-final consideration, pre-appeal brief request for review pilot programs

Duty of candor

  • Citation of references
  • Inequitable conduct


  • Conception
  • Joint inventorship
  • Interference practice
  • Derivation actions

Post-issuance practice

  • Re-examination and re-issue
  • Inter partes review
  • Post-grant review
  • Covered business method review
  • Supplemental examination
  • Certificates of correction


  • Direct infringement
  • Contributory infringement and inducement
  • Extraterritorial infringement
  • Exhaustion

Doctrine of equivalents

  • Function/way/result test
  • Festo – prosecution history estoppel
  • Licensing


  • Opinions

Declaratory judgment

  • Burdens of proof

Patent litigation and damages

  • Remedies
  • Entire market value
  • Injunctive relief


James Suggs (More...)

James V. Suggs is a partner in the intellectual property law firm McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, located in Chicago, where he practices patent law and serves as Chair of the firm’s Chemical Practice Group. He applies his broad technical experience in a wide variety of chemical, polymer, materials science, pharmaceutical, optical, photonic, semiconductor and related technologies. He handles all facets of patent law, with an especial focus in patent procurement, strategic counseling, freedom-to-operate and due diligence opinions. He also has an active inter partes review practice. His litigation experience includes federal district court and appellate practice as well as advocacy in forums such as the International Trade Commission, and spans a diverse range of technologies. He has experience with all kinds of clients, from large multinational corporations, to science-based startups, to academic research institutions, and works with law firms in Europe and worldwide to successfully prosecute their applications at the USPTO.

Nicole Reifman (More...)

Nicole Reifman is a partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Chicago where she has gained diverse experience in obtaining, evaluating and enforcing intellectual property. She has experience in all phases of patent preparation and prosecution, and concentrates in representing clients in the mechanical and electrical arts, including drive train systems, medical devices, electromechanical, telecommunications and material sciences matters. She also has experience in all phases of patent litigation. She provides counselling regarding the procurement, enforcement, and licensing of intellectual property rights, including trademark, trade secret and copyright issues. She actively manages trademark portfolios and develops brand building and protection strategies for her clients. She is also the Recent Developments Editor of the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy.

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3-4 Dec 2020
Live webinar & Rembrandt Hotel London
3-4 Dec 2020
Live webinar &
Rembrandt Hotel London
GBP 899.00
EUR 1,299.00
USD 1,474.00
Until 22 Oct*
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Live webinar
GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
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Face to face
10-11 Jun 2021
Live webinar & Face-to-face (venue not yet confirmed)
10-11 Jun 2021
Live webinar &
Face-to-face (venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 899.00
EUR 1,299.00
USD 1,474.00
Until 29 Apr 21*
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Live webinar
GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
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Face to face
1-2 Dec 2021
Live webinar & Face-to-face (venue not yet confirmed)
1-2 Dec 2021
Live webinar &
Face-to-face (venue not yet confirmed)
GBP 899.00
EUR 1,299.00
USD 1,474.00
Until 20 Oct 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Live webinar
GBP 1,099.00
EUR 1,539.00
USD 1,714.00
Until 20 Oct 21*
Enrol now
to attend
Face to face

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* Note the early booking discount cannot be combined with any other offers or promotional code

Continuing professional development

This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes:

  • CPD certificate of attendance: 5.50 hours
  • General Council of the Bar: 5.50 hours

Customised in-house training

We can customise this course to meet the requirements of your organisation and deliver it at your location and/or online.

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  • China Sinda Intellectual Property Pte Ltd
  • De Clercq & Partners
  • DuPont Nutrition Biosciences ApS
  • Dupont Teijin Films UK Ltd
  • F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG
  • GE Healthcare UK Ltd
  • Henkel KGaA
  • KAO Corporation S.A.
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  • Octrooibureau Van der Lely N.V.
  • Panasonic Singapore Laboratories
  • Primrose Oy
  • R G C Jenkins & Co
  • Solexa
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  • Studio Bonini Srl
  • The Boots Company plc
  • Umicore AG & Co KG
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The course gives European practitioners a good overview of the peculiarities of US patent law and the ways in which US practice sometimes differs from our own. The presentation was lively and the speakers provided plenty of background from their own experience.

Erik Bartelds, patent attorney, Arnold + Siedsma, Dec 19

Very thorough and well presented.

Elisabetta Mauri, Director of Intellectual Property, Dompé Farmaceutici SPA, Dec 19

Excellent! Very good and helpful overview of US patent law with a focus on the differences to European law. I particularly liked the very interactive discussions.

Hendrik Freudenberger, IP Legal Advisor, Sasol Chemie GmbH & Co. KG, Dec 19

Excellent speakers.

Omar Jabarti, Engineer, Saudi Aramco, Dec 18

The course was exactly what I expected with a good quality of written documentation and highlighting of specific ongoing topics by the speakers.

Andreas Bazzon, Patent Attorney Candidate, Kaminski Harmann Patentanwälte AG, Jun 18

A great overview, excellent speakers with comprehensive knowledge.

Peter Atzmüller, Key Patent Information Professional, voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Jun 18

The dual presentation works well. Interaction with audience very positive. Comprehensive update on US patent practice by knowledgeable speakers in an interactive atmosphere.

Marijke Hogenbirk, Senior Patent Attorney , Shell International B.V., Jun 18

The speakers were very direct and the course was interactive – I never for a minute lost interest.

Asteria Zitrou, Intellectual Property Supervisor, Pharmathen, Jun 18

Both entertaining and educative.

Lorenz Kallenbach, Corporate Patent Counsel, Merck, Jun 18

The course gave a very good general picture of US patent practice and I really liked all the real-life examples.

Leena Marquis, Patent Engineer, Seppo Laine Oy, Jun 17

Tphe resenter was engaging and open to questions.

Claire Goodier, Director of Intellectual Property, International, The Boots Company plc, Jun 17

The speakers are excellent.

Paul Van Helvert, Manager Intellectual Property, Wageningen UR, Dec 16

Entertaining and interesting programme.

Patrick John Couzens, Patent Attorney, Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Dec 16