The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with the support of several collegiate law school programs, hosted five regional rounds of the National Patent Drafting Competition in March. The Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the USPTO held its competition on March 7 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The Midwest, Silicon Valley, East Coast, and Texas regional offices of the USPTO held their competitions on March 14 via videoconference. The five regional finalists moved on to compete in the national competition via videoconference on April 20.
Of the finalists, the following three teams placed accordingly:
- In first place, University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Second place, Southern University Law Center
- Third place, Creighton University School of Law
The National Patent Drafting Competition introduces law students to issues arising in United States patent law and seeks to develop student teams’ patent application drafting, amending, and prosecuting skills. Each team was presented a hypothetical invention statement to research.
During the regional rounds, each student team member took part in describing their strategy and contribution to a patent application. They searched the invention, identified classes, identified relevant references, determined patentable subject matter, constructed claims, created drawings, and described the invention, all according to USPTO regulations.
More information regarding the National Patent Drafting Competition can be found on the USPTO website.