Special Webinar Series featuring the U.S. Patent Office! Presented by SCRA and Kim & Lahey Law Firm.

Hear from national experts during this five-part webinar series. You will learn everything from the basics of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents and copyrights, to how to protect your inventions using the claims process. Session titles include: The Path to a Patent, IP basics, patent searching, drafting a patent application, and drafting patent claims.

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The Path to a Patent, Part I: IP Basics

Tuesday, June 8 @11:00am, Presenter: Elizabeth Dougherty

Learn about intellectual property basics at this interactive virtual session. In this module, we will provide a brief overview of the different types of IP (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights). We will review the patenting process from invention to application to issue. Finally, we will cover the requirements for patentability, how to determine whether a provisional or non-provisional application is right for you, and how to weigh the costs and benefits of hiring a patent attorney.

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The Path to a Patent, Part II: Patent Searching

Thursday, July 8 @11:00am, Presenter: Cynthia Sdrewski

Before you file your patent application, you need to conduct a prior art search. At this virtual presentation, you will 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. We will also provide resources for filing your application.

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

Wednesday, July 21 11:00am, Presenter: William Vaughn and Attorney Doug Kim

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.

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The Path to a Patent, Part IV: Learn How to Draft Patent Claims

Wednesday, August 4 @11:00am, Presenter: Stephen Yanchuk and Attorney Doug Kim

Claim drafting may be the most important part of protecting your invention. What exactly are they and how do they work in the courtroom? Learn the basics of claim drafting from USPTO Primary Patent Examiners in this interactive workshop. You’ll learn why every word counts and leave knowing how to work with your attorney or patent agent to ensure the claims in your application have a tight scope. You’ll also develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim during the course of examination.

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The Path to a Patent, Part V: Electronic filing in DOCX using Patent Center

Thursday, August 19 @11:00am, Presenter Kimberly Williams

DOCX is a word processing file format based on open standards, including Extensible Markup Language (XML) that is supported by many popular word processing applications, such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Office Online, Pages for Mac, and LibreOffice. As an open standard format, DOCX offers a safe and stable basis for authoring and processing intellectual property documents. Uploading a multi-section document in DOCX format containing the specification, claims abstract and drawings is detected and split into single files for each section and document codes are automatically assigned, which saves initial processing time. A feedback document is generated pre-submission where warnings and errors are pinpointed in a copy of the uploaded document in real time, which reduces time responding to non-compliant notices and enhances the quality of examination.

US Patent and Trademark Office Series Speakers

Elizabeth Dougherty, USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Director

As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. Read more.

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, Attorney, Kim 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).

Kimberly Williams, USPTO Patent Business Analyst

Kimberly Williams is a Patent Business Analyst and assists in the development of Patent Center, which will replace EFS-Web and PAIR at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has over 25 years of experience as a Patent Examiner, which is instrumental in developing application DOCX validations in Patent Center.

Cynthia Sdrewski, ASRC Federal

Cynthia Sdrewski (ASRC Federal) has been a member of the Information Technology Resource Provider (ITRP) since July 2003. Cynthia has a Masters in Management Information Systems from George Washington University.  Prior to joining the ITRP program, Cynthia has held several jobs in training computer software as well as software development.  With a BS in Math/Computer Science, Cynthia brings to our team a solid IT background coupled with significant experience in software development and training.

ITRP for the Rocky Mountain Regional office since it opened June 2014.