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The Patent Process for the Curious: What Lawyers Need to Know

SKU: IP8100
Total Credits
1
Price$50
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September
29
Wed 9/29/2021
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Eastern Time (EDT)

Description

As trusted advisors, lawyers are often asked many questions about legal matters outside their area of practice. One area of law that most lawyers do not have any experience with is patent law, and in particular, the patent prosecution process. Patent prosecution requires a special license which in turn requires passing its own exam and an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering. Because it is such a specialized area of practice, with about only 40,000 active practitioners in the US, most law schools do not offer much in the way of course work in this area.

It is not unusual for an attorney who has no background in patent prosecution to litigate a patent infringement case, negotiate a settlement or a licensing agreement, or determine the value of patents during merger and acquisition activities. These attorneys need to know what vulnerability a patent may have as the result of the prosecution process.

Lawyers who practice business or corporate law, trusts and estates, tax, bankruptcy and even family law are sometimes confronted with issues of invention, patenting and patent ownership. The cost and time of obtaining a patent along with its economic value figures into many of these matters.

This course will outline the patent prosecution process, review the relevant governing statutes and show how to protect your clients from losing their patent rights permanently.

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Lecturer Bio

Patricia P. Werschulz, Esq.

Pat is an intellectual property lawyer and a registered patent attorney with many years of industrial experience in product development and manufacturing. Prior to entering law practice, Pat was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, holding positions from bench chemist to Research Director.

Pat has prepared hundreds of patent applications and trademark applications, obtaining patent protection and trademark registrations for many clients. In addition, she has helped many businesses expand their product line by providing freedom to operate opinions and non-infringement opinions so that these businesses can move forward without fear of litigation.

Pat’s patent practice includes a wide range of industrial consumer products. She has helped clients obtain patents on inventions from clothing to automobile parts, from baby accessories to sporting equipment in addition to life sciences invention.

Ms. Werschulz received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Chatham College of Pittsburgh, her M.B.A from Fordham University and her J.D from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Ms. Werschulz has a history of academic excellence, receiving the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law at Rutgers, the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Fordham, graduating with the highest G.P.A. in her class and the American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major as an undergraduate.

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