USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office Update

by John Roberts on March 31, 2021

USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office Update
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Check out the USPTO’s Silicon Valley Regional Office’s budding lineup of spring events

Join us for our signature monthly programming for independent inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses—now available virtually. The Path to a Patent series kicks off our spring virtual training events on April 2, followed by the Trademark Basics Boot Camp series starting April 6. Check our event listings for updates and new programming throughout the spring quarter.

Upcoming regional office events


April

2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition national round

April 9, 8 a.m. to noon PT

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.

May

Conducting an effective patent examiner interview—Utah

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

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.

June

Learn about design patents

June 4, 10 a.m. to noon PT

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 Silicon Valley regional office or Startup Resources pages for more information.

Event series

The Path to a Patent

April—June

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

Part II: Learn how to draft a provisional patent application

Part III: Patent searching

Part IV: Learn how to draft a patent application

Part V: Learn how to draft patent claims

Part VI: Learn how to protect your IP abroad

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

Part VIII: Common mistakes and support after filing

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

Trademark Basics Boot Camp

April—May

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. To learn more and register, select an individual session from the listing below.

Module 1: Fundamentals

Module 2: Searching

Module 3: Application requirements

Module 4: Application filing walk-through

Module 5: Responding to an office action

Module 6: Registration process overview

Module 7: Keeping your registration alive

Module 8: Question-and-answer panel

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

Patent Prosecution Boot Camp

April—May

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: Overview of patents

Module Two: Patent claims

Module Three: Legal statutes

Module Four: Drafting patent application claims

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

Coming this quarter

USPTO Design Day 2021

April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT

Join us for a morning of lively and thought-provoking discussion about various aspects of design patents, hosted by the USPTO. Get insights from USPTO design examiners and managers, design patent practitioners, and industrial designers.

Patent basics

May 6, 9-10:30 a.m. PT

This session demystifies the patent process and discusses the role of a U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO.

Design patents: The secret weapon for electronics and user interfaces

June 17, 10-11 a.m. PT

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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