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Vedder Thinking | Events Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution: Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, New York



June 13-15, 2012

Thomas J. Kowalski, a Shareholder in the New York office of Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property group, will participate in “Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2012: A Boot Camp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing,” a three-day seminar hosted by the Practising Law Institute (PLI). Mr. Kowalski’s session, titled “Patent Prosecution,” includes a review of common mistakes made in responding to Office Actions and an explanation of the differences between objections and rejections, along with advice for responding to each. The session will also cover amending the specification, claims and drawings, as well as analyzing references and addressing double-patenting issues.

Additionally, Deborah L. Lu, Ph.D., a Shareholder in the firm’s New York office and a member of the Intellectual Property group, will serve as a clinic instructor during the seminar, held June 15-18 in New York City.

PLI offered the same program on May 16-18 in Chicago, where Angelo J. Bufalino, Chair of Vedder Price’s Intellectual Property group, and Christopher P. Moreno, a Shareholder in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, were presenters.

“Fundamentals of Patent Prosecution 2012: A Bootcamp for Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing” is directed to patent attorneys, litigation attorneys and patent agents with or without a Patent Office registration number, or little patent experience. It will focus on teaching the basics of claim drafting, patent application preparation and prosecution, as well as a review of recent developments in the law. A litigator’s perspective is also presented to show how drafting and prosecution can influence the development, and often the outcome, of subsequent patent litigation. The clinics offer a unique supplement to the kind of hands-on mentoring that senior attorneys are hard-pressed to provide to less-experienced attorneys and agents. Additional information about this program can be found on the PLI website.


Thomas J. Kowalski


Deborah L. Lu, Ph.D.