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The events are grouped in three groups: patent searching; patents and patent procedures; and international IP protection (PCT and Hague System for Industrial Design), and trademarks and copyrights. Where available, webinar information supplemented by examiners CBTs (Computer-based training) and videos from 2017-2019 Inventor Info Chat and Invention-Con 2020 (recording), etc.
Patent searching trainings is on a basic level (see, for example, recorded CBTs on patent searching), but may includes interesting insights from patent examiners on how they approach development search strategies and useful tips; discussion of CPC searching may be a refresher.
Webinars on patents and patent procedures include training on patent process (with a session on an overview of USPTO examination procedures), on filing provisional and non-provisional patent applications, and two advanced training on patent application drafting and claim drafting which may be of interest. There is also training on design patents.
Webinars and CBTs on patent searching
Learn how to search patents (Silicon Valley USPTO/West Coast regional office of USPTO, virtual)
This a supervisory patent examiner (SPE)) presentation will be useful for inventors, entrepreneurs, and those who have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of patents and would like to learn more about patent searching [Where can you search? When should you search? How do you search using USPTO search tools?)]
September 29, 2020 1:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM PT - 12:00 PM PT (registration, ends SEptember 25, 2020)
The Path to a Patent, Part III: Patent searching (Rocky Mountain USPTO, Denver, CO) (virtual)
The USPTO's Rocky Mountain, Silicon Valley, and Eastern Regional Offices invite you to join us to learn about the benefits of searching, how to perform a prior art search using keywords and the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, and how to build a search strategy.
October 9, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET | 10:00 AM MT - 12:00 PM MT (registration, ends Oct.. 8, 2020)
Intermediate Patent Class: Patent Search ( Georgia Tech Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC))
In this class, we will cover patent classifications and patent search strategies. We also explore several free patent databases and their features through search examples….Audience: Inventors, entrepreneurs, students, researchers, and professionals. These classes, are open to everyone on the Georgia Tech campus as well as from the public.
October 13, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET (registration: choose dates)
Meet the Patent Experts: Class five [Patent Searching] (USPTO's Texas Regional Office)
Class five (of five-class curriculum on patents) covers the basics of patent searching and an introduction to searching strategies.
October 21, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET (registration, ends Oct.. 21, 2020)
Intermediate Patent Class: Patent Search (Georgia Tech Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)) (see description of Oct.13 class above)
November 10, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET (registration: choose dates)
Patent Wednesday, part three: Patent Searching (Midwest Regional USPTO , Detroit,MI)
A part three of a rotating three-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and patent searching every third Wednesday of each month. Recommended reading prior event: Patent process overview(Step 2)
December 16, 2020 12:30 PM ET - 1:30 PM ET (registration ends Oct.. 21)
USPTO CBTs and recorded presentations prior art searching
“How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search: A Step by Step Strategy” (see also 7-Step [Search] Strategy). [39 min, 80 slides] [Search example: An umbrella which resists inverting and collapsing in a heavy wind, search is based on CPC classification using USPTO website databases] (for applicants)
Planning a Search [CBT, 36 min, 73 slides, Patent Training Academy] (for patent examiners)
How to Search and why you want to? (video n/a, slides 25 p.; Robert Hodge, OID Pro Se Assistance Program Coordinator and SPE, TC 3600, USPTO Inventor Info Chat, May 16, 2017) [Search strategies, CPC, British spellings]
Understanding parts of 35 U.S.C 102 and 103 rejections (video 52 min, slides, 44 p.; Aaron Austin, Patent Training Advisor, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, May 16, 2019)
Prior Art and Its use in Determining Patentability (video 61 min, slides 37 p.; Fenn Mathew, SPE, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, May 17, 2018)
Global Dossier (video 57 m, slides (35 p.), Jessica Patterson & Nelson Yang, Office of International Patent Cooperation, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, Aug. 16, 2018)
Information disclosure statement(CBT, 35 slides)
See also related several CBTs on prior art rejections also listed in the PIUG-PF July12, 2020 posting.
Webinars on patents and patent procedures
The Path to a Patent, Part I: IP basics (USPTO's Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Virtual Location)
Learn about different types of intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyrights) and get an overview of the patenting process from invention to application to issue. You will also learn about the requirements for patentability, how to determine whether a provisional or nonprovisional application is right for you, and how to weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a patent attorney
October 2, 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET | 10:00 AM MT - 12:00 PM MT (registration, ends Oct. 1, 2020)
Learn About Design Patents (Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office- Virtual Event)
What is a design patent? How does one differ from a utility patent? Learn the basics of the design patent system from a USPTO design supervisory patent examiner. This session is geared toward… all those who would like to learn more about patents and have a beginning to intermediate knowledge of the patent system.
October 16, 2020 1:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM MT - 1:00 PM MT (registration, ends Oct.15, 2020)
See also: Design Patent Application Drawing Requirements (video, 62 min., slides, 21 p. Susan Hattan & Eric Goodman. SPEs, TC2900, Inventor Info Chat, Sep. 21, 2020) [Includes discussion of design law]
Patent Wednesday, part one: Patent Process (The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO)
This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of patents. Get the most out of Patent Wednesday by checking out the Patent Process Overview prior to the event.
October 21, 2020 12:30 PM ET - 1:30 PM ET (registration, ends Oct.21, 2020)
The Path to a Patent, Part III: Learn how to draft a patent application (Rocky Mountain USPTO, Denver, CO. Virtual Location)
Learn from USPTO experts about the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. You should have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system in general, and patents specifically, to get the most out of this workshop. We recommend that you take the previous course, “The Path to a Patent, Part 1", first. [October 2, 2020]
October 30, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET (registration, ends Oct. 29, 2020)
The Path to a Patent, Part IV: Learn how to draft patent claims (Rocky Mountain USPTO)
Claim drafting may be the most important part of protecting your invention. Learn the basics of claim drafting from USPTO experts in this interactive workshop. You will develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim during the course of examination.
To get the most out of this workshop, you should have an intermediate knowledge of the intellectual property system and of patents specifically. We recommend that you complete the previous sessions, “Learn the basics of intellectual property with a focus on patents” and “Learn how to draft your patent application” [October 30, 2020] before attending.
November 13, 2020 1:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM MT - 1:00 PM MT(registration, ends Nov. 12, 2020)
See also: Claim Drafting.(video 58 min, slides 38 p., Jean Witz, SPE, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, Feb. 15, 2018)
November 18, 2020 1:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM MT - 1:00 PM MT (registration, ends Nov. 16, 2020)
Types of applications (CBT, January 2018, 41 slides)
Basic requirements to file and formalities(CBT, 19 min, 63 slides)
Filing a provisional application: Demystifying the filing process (video 57 min., Sudhanshu Pathak, SPE, USPTO, Invention-Con 2020, Aug. 20, 2020) -3.02:29
Best practices for filing a successful patent application [How to avoid common application filing issues] (video 61 min., slides, 49 p. Janice Tippett, Office of Patent Application Processing, USPTO, Invention-Con 2020, Aug. 20, 2020) [ADS, p.10-20, Filing by Reference, p.17-18, Domestic Benefit/Foreign Priority, p.19; Specification, p.20-24, Claims, p.25;. Abstract p.26, Drawing, p.27-33, Applicant, p.38-40, Inventor’s oath or declaration, p.41]
Other online training materials related to patents and basic patent procedures:
Introduction to patent systems (CBT, March 2019, 49 slides)
Understanding the patent examination process(video 59 min., slides, 34 p., Patrick Nolan, Office of Patent Training, USPTO, Invention-Con 2020, Aug. 20, 2020) [based on July 2020 examiner training materials]
Understanding the Patent Examination Process (video 59 min, slides 48 p., Alex Sofocleous, SPE, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, Nov.15, 2018)
Overview of the Patent Examination Process (video 60 min, slides 29 p. Daniel Korker, SPE, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, Jan.18, 2018)
Understanding the Application Data Sheet (ADS): Little things make a big difference,. Presented at Invention-Con 2019 Preconference Session. 2019. 39 p [Domestic benefit/foreign priority, p.8-17; Filing by reference, 18-20,31-32]
Appeals of Examiners’ Decisions and Trials (66 p., Jacqueline Bonilla, Vice Chief Administrative Patent Judge, Invention Con 2017)
Patent process overview. An overview of a patent application and maintenance process (a webpage)
IP Protection Abroad
Learn how to protect your IP abroad (USPTO International Patent Legal Administration)
Learn how to help protect your intellectual property in foreign jurisdictions. The USPTO's International Patent Legal Administration will host a two-hour seminar on considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications. The discussion will include an overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the use of the Paris Convention for non-PCT countries.
November 20, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT (registration, ends Nov.19, 2020)
Pursuing patent protection abroad: Including the PCT and the Hague System for Industrial Designs
See also: Strategies for Filing Internationally: Including the PCT and the Hague System for Industrial Designs (video, 61 min, slides, 56 p., Layla Lauchman, Special Programs Examiner, OIPLA, USPTO, Invertor Info Chats, July 19, 2018)
Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (CBT, 10 min, 21 slides.)
U.S. Implementation of the Hague Agreement (145 slides, David R. Gerk, Patent Attorney, OPIA and Robert Olszewski, Directot TC2900, USPTO, Hague Agreement Public Forum, April 29, 2015)
International Protection Trademark Presentation (26 p, Debbie Lee, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, USPTO, Invention-Con 2017) [Madrid Protocol]
Madrid Protocol: USPTO as Office of Origin (video 1:29:31, Trademark Webinar Series, June 9, 2020)
Trademarks and Copyright
Learn how to register a trademark during an interactive question and answer session with experts from the USPTO's Trademark Assistance Center (TAC). …This event is intended for individuals with a beginning to intermediate level of knowledge of trademarks. To get the most out of this event, we recommend participants view some of the informational videos regarding trademark registration before the session and prepare specific questions to ask the experts.
October 13, 2020 12:30 PM ET - 1:30 PM ET (registration, ends Oct. 12, 2020)
October 13, 2020 3:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET | 1:00 PM MT - 2:00 PM MT (registration, ends Oct. 12, 2020)
November 10, 2020 12:30 PM ET - 1:30 PM ET (registration, ends Nov. 9, 2020)
See also Trademark Basics (42 p., Scott Baldwin, Trademark Attorney, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, June 16, 2017)
Trademark Basics (105  p., Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach, USPTO, Invention-Con 2017) [Summary: What is a trademark, how to select a mark that is federally registrable and legally protectable, the benefits of federal registration…]
(See references on Madrid Protocol in IP Protection Abroad section above)
Learn to search trademarks using USPTO resources
…. This webinar will show you how to use the free Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)to make sure there are no conflicting trademarks out there. Visit TESS tips to learn more about the database.
October 27, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT (registration, ends Oct. 26, 2020)
See also: Using the Trademark Electronic Search System (a web-page)TMIN News 03: Searching (video, 13 min)
See list of other USPTO Trademark Search Resources at the Aug. 24, 2020 PIUG PF post
Copyright basics and considerations for entrepreneurs (USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs)
Join experts from the USPTO's Office of Policy and International Affairs for an overview of copyrights and insights into registration and enforcement. Through the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, the Office of Policy and International Affairs’ Copyright Team advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international copyright, legal, and policy issues. The office also provides technical assistance and training on copyright-related matters to both U.S. and foreign government officials.
October 22, 2020 5:00 PM ET - 7:00 PM ET | 2:00 PM PT - 4:00 PM PT (registration, ends Oct. 21, 2020)
See also Copyright Basics (video 1 h, slides 35 p., Steve Ruwe, Attorney Advisor, Copyright Law and Policy, OPIA, USPTO, Inventor Info Chats, Aug. 17, 2017)
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