PLUS! extra sessions for the Seasoned Professional
- Do-It-Yourself Patent Searching, Stan Lewis
- Patent Application Preparation, David Grossman
Arguing Against Combining References,Kip Werking
- Client Counseling: Setting Realistic Expectations*, Greg Kavounas
- Roadmap for Drafting a Design Application (It's Different!), Anton Skaugset
Sunday Evening: The Cruise on the Potomac. We will be sailing on the Cherry Blossom, an authentic split sternwheeler and recreation of a 19th century Victorian riverboat. Al Gore hosted a dinner on board the Blossom for the Russian Prime Minister during his term as VP. Guests welcome.**
*Greg's NEW! book on explaining the patent process to clients ($37 value) will be provided to attendees
**Cruise is included in your registration, $50 for a guest
Monday July 21: Practice Update Part 1, "USPTO Day"
Starting with "Our Changing Practice: Decisions from the Federal Court," presented by Priya Cloutier (sponsored by NAPP's Government Affairs Committee) the rest of the day will feature presentations, panels and Q&A with USPTO representatives on topics such as the examination process and patent appeals. (Details available as confirmed)
Monday Evening: Tips and Tales and Lesson Learned - informal gathering around specific topics (topics tbd)
Tuesday July 22: Practice Update Part 2
- Ethics, William Covey, Deputy General Counsel, Director, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, USPTO
- Best Practices: Minimizing the Risk of Malpractice, Andrew Jones and Larry Hilton, with Diane Gardner (sponsored by NAPP's Membership Committee)
- On Your Radar: Docketing Systems Reviewed, Bruce Young and David Stein
- Covering All Bases: PCT Considerations, Mavis Gallenson
- Game-Changers: Design Patent Case Studies, Lisa Adelson
- Client Counseling: Licensing, Monetizing and Alternatives to Patents (final topics TBD) Michael Shimokaji, Louis Hoffman, Ron Rohde
Comments from last years evaluations
"From a Continuing Education point of view, it is a great bargain!"
"All it takes is a few nuggets of information or insight to pay for the cost of the conference, and I always get that. And, often a casual conversation with a colleague proves its worth. I like to think of it as a room full of mentors willing to help out."
"Great new approach, touched on many points I hadn't considered"
"Very useful info for Newbies and Seasoned Practitioners"
"Great thought-provoking conversations"
"What a great group of people! I came as a Presenter and left as a Member!"