USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office Update

by John Roberts on March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office Update
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Check out the USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events

Join us for our signature monthly programming for small businesses, independent inventors, and entrepreneurs—all available virtually. The eight-part Path to a Patent series kicks off this spring season starting April 2, followed by the eight-part Trademark Basics Boot Camp series starting on April 6. Be sure to check our event listings for updates and new programming planned throughout the region.

Upcoming regional office events

April

2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round

April 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

The National Patent Application Drafting Competition (NPADC) is a team competition that introduces law students to U.S. patent laws and regulations, and it seeks to develop each participating student’s patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. The competition started with 51 teams and is now down to the final five. Each team will defend their strategy to a live panel of distinguished judges drawn from the greater patent community.

Montana webinars: Updates from the USPTO

April 15, noon to 1 p.m. MT

The USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski joins the Montana Bar Association IP Section’s Exploration Series to discuss patent and trademark updates at the USPTO, the National Council for Expanding American Innovation, and the USPTO’s “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees” report.

Conducting an effective patent examiner interview—Colorado

April 22, noon to 1 p.m. MT

Are you a patent practitioner looking for tips on conducting a successful patent examiner interview?  This online session hosted, by the USPTO and the Colorado Bar Association, will cover tips on scheduling patent examiner interviews, preparing for interviews, and conducting effective interviews.

CSU Ventures Demo Day Symposium

April 27, noon to 1:30 p.m. MT

The USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski will co-host the “Ask Me Anything” panel for Colorado State University’s Demo Day Symposium, where the audience has an open forum to ask panelists about the patent process, licensing their technology, and intellectual property in general.

May

Conducting an effective patent examiner interview—Utah

May 6, noon to 1:30 p.m. MT

Are you a patent practitioner looking for tips on conducting a successful patent examiner interview? This online session, hosted by the Utah Bar Association IP Section, features USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski and three patent examiners discussing tips on scheduling patent examiner interviews, preparing for interviews, conducting effective interviews, plus commentary from an attorney panelist on how to deal with disagreements between practitioners and examiners.

Patents and prototypes

May 11, 4-5:30 p.m. MT

For most inventors and entrepreneurs, prototyping a new product and understanding the process for obtaining a patent can be expensive and tricky propositions. Join USPTO Primary Patent Examiner Jeff Palenik, and Mark Madic from Southern Colorado Innovation Link, for an interactive workshop on considerations for prototyping a new product and an overview of intellectual property, including the patent process, and patent searching.

Kansas Bar Association IP Institute

May 21, 10-11 a.m. MT

The USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski joins the Kansas Bar Association IP Section’s Midwest Intellectual Property Institute to discuss patent and trademark updates at the USPTO, the National Council for Expanding American Innovation, and the USPTO’s “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees” report.

June

Intellectual Property Fundamentals 2021

June 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT

The USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Director Molly Kocialski leads expert faculty who will offer insights on the essentials of patent, trademark, and trade secret law. If you are new to the practice of intellectual property (IP), or you simply want to refresh your basic IP skills, this course is for you.

19th Rocky Mountain IP and Technology Institute

June 3-4, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT

Join the USPTO’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office at this premier virtual forum for bringing together expert faculty, judges, national and international practice, and thought leaders who will offer comprehensive coverage of important practice-area developments in patent, copyright, and trademark law, e-commerce, and licensing.

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Learn about design patents

June 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO Design Supervisory Patent Examiners Garth Rademaker and Michael Stout will lead a course on design patents, teaching the basics of the design patent system and how a design patent differs from a utility patent.

Visit our Rocky Mountain Regional Office or Startup Resources pages for more information.

Event series

The Path to a Patent

The Path to a Patent quarterly series covers everything from intellectual property (IP) basics, to patent searching, to what you’ll need to draft and submit your patent application. The series is part of our ongoing IP training for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

You can attend the entire series or just the sessions that best match your interests, but you must register for each session to attend. To learn more and register, select an individual session from the listing below.

Part I: IP basics

April 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will present an introduction to IP, the different types of IP, how to research/determine if an idea is novel, and the comparison between a provisional and nonprovisional patent application.

Part II: Learn how to draft a provisional patent application

April 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will discuss the key differences between provisional and nonprovisional applications, filing requirements and fees, different ways available to file a provisional application, and more.

Part III: Patent searching

April 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will give a presentation on patent searching, including preliminary searching, using the suggested Seven Step Strategy, tips and resources for searching, and more.

Part IV: Learn how to draft a patent application

May 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will discuss the formalities and requirements of drafting a patent application as well as common pitfalls to avoid. This course will help participants better understand patent application drafting.

Part V: Learn how to draft patent claims

May 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will present on the basics of claim drafting. You will develop a better appreciation of how a patent examiner views a claim during the course of examination.

Part VI: Learn how to protect your IP abroad

June 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will present on how to protect your IP in foreign jurisdictions and considerations and options for filing foreign patent applications.

Part VII: Learn how to file a patent application using EFS-Web

June 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT

USPTO experts will teach participants how to use the Electronic Filing System-Web (EFS-Web) and manage a patent application online using the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. The session includes an interactive tutorial, an overview of various helpful resources such as the Inventor’s Assistance Center (IAC), and information about the Patent Electronics Business Center (EBC).

Part VIII: Common mistakes and support after filing

June 25, 11 a.m. to noon MT

USPTO experts will present on how to avoid common mistakes and gain a better understanding of post filing procedures and support.

Path to a Patent series details are available on the event’s webpage on the USPTO website.

Trademark Basics Boot Camp

Trademark Basics Boot Camp is offered regularly throughout the year. During each series run, we cover one module weekly for eight weeks, with each module focusing on different aspects of trademarks and the registration process, from filing and examination to post-registration requirements for keeping your registration alive. Each module concludes with a question and answer period where you can ask our USPTO trademark experts questions.

You can attend the entire series or just the sessions that best match your interests, but you must register for each session to attend.

Module 1: Fundamentals

April 6, noon to 1 p.m. MT

In this first module, we will cover definitions and types of trademarks, benefits of federal registration, selecting a trademark, filing and registration, and how to find help.

Module 2: Searching

April 13, noon to 1 p.m. MT

In this module, learn about important principles related to trademark searching and effective use of Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).

Module 3: Application requirements

April 20, noon to 1 p.m. MT

This module focuses on knowing what is needed up front to help your filing process go more smoothly.

Module 4: Application filing walk-through

April 27, noon to 1 p.m. MT

This module focuses on the USPTO’s Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) and a live demonstration of a trademark filing will also be provided.

Module 5: Responding to an office action

May 4, noon to 1 p.m. MT

This module focuses on responding to office actions, which are the official letters that USPTO examining attorneys issue after reviewing your trademark application.

Module 6: Registration process overview

May 11, noon to 1 p.m. MT

This module focuses on the overall trademark registration process, from filing to registration.

Module 7: Keeping your registration alive

May 18, noon to 1 p.m. MT

This module focuses on what happens after registration, including mandatory filings to keep your registration alive.

Module 8: Question-and-answer panel

May 25, noon to 1 p.m. MT

In this final module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we will provide a unique opportunity for you to “meet the trademark experts.” Come prepared with all of your trademark questions to ask our Law Office managing attorneys and other trademark experts.

Trademark Basics Boot Camp series details are available on the event’s webpage on the USPTO website.

Patent Prosecution Boot Camp

Are you a law student interested in pursuing a career in IP? The USPTO is offering an interactive four-part course on patent prosecution. Don’t miss your chance to learn from USPTO experts about the patent process and the ways patent examiners review your patent application.

Module One

April 7, 2-4 p.m. MT

Module One covers an overview of patents, steps for filing provisional and nonprovisional patent applications, and the examination process, including legal statutes in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).

Module Two

April 21, 2-4 p.m. MT

Module Two covers the importance of patent claims, different types of claims, and claim interpretation.

Module Three

May 5, 2-4 p.m. MT

Module Three covers legal statutes more in-depth, including common prior art rejections and ways to overcome rejections to advance patent prosecution towards allowance.

Module Four

May 19, 2-4 p.m. MT

Module Four covers one of the most important skills for patent practitioners: drafting patent applications claims.

Patent Prosecution Boot Camp series details are available on the event’s webpage on the USPTO website.

Coming this quarter

Design patents: The secret weapon for consumer products and fashion

May 6, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT

After a brief introduction on what a design patent is and how to apply for design patent protection, learn about the benefits design patents provide in the consumer products and fashion industries. These industries face unique infringement challenges, with design patents being key enforcement tools. Join panels of design patent insiders, including attorneys, USPTO examiners, patent owners, and other leading designers in the consumer products and fashion industries to discuss the role and value of design patents.

Event pages and details are available on our events calendar.

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