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

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

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: Learn How to Draft a Patent Application

Wednesday, July 21 11:00am

USPTO experts will present an interactive workshop on the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application, as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

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

Wednesday, August 4 @11:00am

Claim drafting may be the most important part of protecting your invention. Learn the basics of claim drafting from USPTO Primary Patent Examiners in this interactive workshop. You will develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim during the course of examination.

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Part V, TBD

Date: TBD

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US Patent and Trademark Office 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.

Tomeka Oubichon, USPTO Eastern Regional Outreach Officer

Tomeka Oubichon is the Eastern Regional Outreach Officer for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.  Ms. Oubichon supports the strategic plans and goals of the agency with a focus on outreach and stakeholder engagement.

Ms. Oubichon has worked at the USPTO for over 15 years serving in various roles from Patent Searcher to Training Specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Stephen Yanchu, USPTO Special Advisor at Eastern Regional Outreach Office

After more than a decade of examining Fuel Cell & Battery patents in the 1720s art unit and becoming a primary examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Stephen Yanchuk has been selected to participate in the Eastern Regional Outreach Office of the USPTO as a special advisor. The tasks and efforts support the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. One major component of the outreach is to engage with the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholders. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Yanchuk ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.