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SCRA Webinar: USPTO Webinar Series

The Path to a Patent, Part III: Drafting a Patent Application 101

Wednesday, July 21 11:00am | Register Now!

Learn how to prepare for a patent during this interactive workshop. USPTO experts and Attorney Doug Kim will share insights on the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as common pitfalls to avoid. For example, when do you know you’re ready to apply for a patent? How do you prepare and what questions should you ask an attorney? Join us for the answers and to learn about state and regional patent pro bono programs that offer financial aid for inventors.


William Vaughn, USPTO Supervisory Patent Examiner

William Vaughn joined the Memory and Multicomputer Data Transferring Technology at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia in March of 1998.  He is currently a Supervisory Patent Examiner in the in the Video Recording and Compression area.  In this capacity, he supervises team of dedicated and knowledgeable examiners.  In the past William has served as a lecturer at the Office of Patent Training Academy, on universities campuses around the country, and independent inventor conferences, discussing patent process as well as other aspects of Intellectual Property areas.  He also is the former Education Training Coordinator for the Supervisory Patent Examiners and Classifiers Organization (SPECO)), a member of the Patent and Trademark Society (PTOS), a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  He also represents his Technology Center in the Office Wide Patent Examiner Technical Training Program (PETTP).  William received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Prairie View A&M University.  He has completed coursework Electrical Engineering Technology and has also received his Master’s Level rating in Computer Networking at the USPTO.
Douglas Kim, AttorneyKim and Lahey Law Firm, LLC

Doug has created a well-rounded IP practice that provides legal solutions and strategies tailored to each client from multinational corporations to start-ups. Doug provides clients with strategies to protect inventions, brands, websites, software, apps, music, photos, websites, and trade secrets. Through the creation of intellectual property rights and their enforcement, Doug seeks to develop legal strategies that fit clients’ business goals and increase the company’s worth. Doug’s business background, coupled with legal education and experience, makes him well suited to understand the interaction between legal services available to a client, a company’s available resources and the client’s business goals. Doug has been recognized by his peers for numerous awards during his career and was named Best Patent Attorney in Greenville, The Best Lawyers of America© (2019).

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