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CoE CPD: Understanding Patents and the Invention Process
UNDERSTANDING PATENTS AND THE INVENTION PROCESS: A SEMINAR FOR TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS
April 24, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the T.J. Smull College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University
7:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University
8:00 a.m. Welcome
8:15 a.m. Session #1
9:30 a.m. Break
9:45 a.m. Session #2
11:30 a.m. Lunch at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University
12:30 p.m. Session #3
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. Session #4
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Evaluations
This one-day seminar provides a comprehensive review of topics which are of critical importance to persons involved with the inventive process, the procurement of patents, and/or the management of patent portfolios, including inventors, research management, and business professionals. The seminar is geared to the needs of such professionals in assessing whether seeking patent protection is appropriate and economically viable. It also aims to provide such persons with the knowledge and skills needed to work more effectively with patent professionals in drafting better patent applications and pursuing patent protection in the United States and foreign countries.
This course specifically covers the following topics:
The Purpose of Patents
- Exclusive rights to make, use and sell a patented product
- Enforcement of patents to recover monetary damages and/or obtain injunctive relief
Record Keeping and Working with Patent Professionals
- Best practices for keeping lab notebooks, research reports and other documents relating to technical information
- When, to what extent, and how should patent professionals (patent attorneys & patent agents) be brought into and become involved with the process of protecting inventions
Understanding Patent Claims
Claim types, claim formats, claim elements, claim requirements, claim strategy
Determination of Inventorship
Practical and legal analysis of inventorship issues
Standards of Patentability
Patentable subject matter and determination of whether the invention meets the requirements for patentability (novel and unobvious in light of the prior art)
Required Elements of a Patent Application
- Enablement, written description and best mode requirements
- Definiteness (Test Method Disclosure)
- Determining what constitutes prior art
- Assessing the applicability of prior art to the invention
- Intervening prior art relative to "the time of the invention"
Types of Applications
Provisional, Continuation, Divisional, Utility, Design, Plant
Attacking the Validity of Patents Owned by Third Parties
Protest, Opposition, Ex Parte Reexamination, Inter Parte Reexamination
Foreign Patent Practice
Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treat, Explicit Support vs Inherent Support, Oppositions/Nullification
Best Practices For The Invention Process
- Managing the indicators that an invention is around the corner
- Managing ownership and assignments
- Keeping the process relative to one of ordinary skill, not the 30 year expert of extraordinary skill (how not to miss the invention because "everyone knows it")
- Managing the experiments to determine metes and bounds (how do I get around my patent)
What Should Scientists Look For When Reading Patents
- Intervening prior art, test methods, recognize: a published patent application is Not a Patent
Alvin T. Rockhill is a private practice patent attorney and an adjunct professor of law at the University Of Akron School Of Law. Rockhill was the Chemical Division Counsel for Goodyear Chemical (a Division of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company) from 2000-2003 and prior to that was a patent attorney for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company from 1981-2000. He has drafted and/or successfully prosecuted approximately 700 United States patents in fields such as general organic chemistry; rubber compounding; rubber processing, curing, devulcanization and recycling; coating technology; metal processing; medical equipment; adhesives; sporting goods and GPS technology. Rockhill’s bar and court admissions include the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the United States Patent & Trademark Office. He earned a B.A. in Chemistry from DePauw University, his J.D. from Ohio Northern University and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering (Polymer Group) from the University of Illinois.
Edwin A. Sisson is a private practice patent attorney who is primarily involved with the filing and prosecution of patents, intellectual property licensing, international IP management, trade secrets, supply contracts, sales contracts, and employee relations. Mr. Sisson advises customers in all aspects of the business and intellectual property process from patent and trademark procurement and enforcement to employment agreements and third party agreements such as tolling and licensing. He also participates in re-examinations and oppositions around the world. Customers benefit from Sissons’s 20 years of non-attorney business experiences at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Shell Oil Company, and M&G Polymers, USA. At those firms, he worked in a variety of jobs including Global Business Manager, R&D Division Manager, and Supply Manager. Mr. Sisson is an inventor in his own right with multiple patents and pending applications. He earned a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and a J.D. from the University Of Akron School Of Law.
Location: Ohio Northern University, McIntosh Center, 525 South Main Street, Ada, OH. Directions to ONU may be found by clicking HERE.
Earn Continuing Education Credit: By participating in this course, professional engineers will earn 6 hours of continuing professional development credit.
Fee: $90.00. Fee covers: course materials, morning and afternoon break refreshments, lunch and CPD certificate.
On-line registration is located HERE.
Cancellation policy: if you cannot attend, please notify us by April 18, 2014 and we will refund your fee. Cancellations after this date and no-shows are subject to a $25 administration fee. Participant may enroll a substitute any time before course starts.
Accommodations: Overnight lodging is available at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. For reservations, call 419.772.2500.
Registration is limited!
Need to know more? Have Questions?
Laurie Laird, Director of Corporate & Alumni Relations, College of Engineering
419.772.2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org