The Center for Professional Advancement, New Brunswick, NJ
August 16-17, 2007
Who Should Attend:
This course would be profitable to those who are interested in the nature and extent of patent rights, how they are acquired, and how they may and may not be used. This includes, but is not limited to:
Managers in industry, government and educational institutions
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is the focal point for the legal criteria by which US patents are enforced. The Court’s rulings on recent multi-million dollar patent infringement awards illustrate how important it is for the business manager to understand how the patent system works.
With the great increase in the cost of technology development, and the rapidity of technical progress in global markets, protection of intellectual property on a worldwide basis is becoming of critical importance. This course will provide inventors, and those who manage inventors, with a working knowledge of the U.S. and international procedures for the protection of intellectual property by patents. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the extent and limits of protection afforded by the patent laws, the U.S. re-examination procedure, the ways in which inventors can assist in obtaining patent protection, and the use of patents as a company asset. The relationship between patents and trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks will also be discussed. Instruction will include an explanation of problem areas in obtaining and maintaining patent rights. Correcting common misconceptions about patent systems and pointing out recent changes in the patent laws will also be emphasized.