If you are an agent attorney, get a better understanding of how and why an examiner makes decisions while examining a patent application through the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP). Attend this in-person course led by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trainers based on material developed for training USPTO employees.
Currently courses provided through STEPP are free to attend. The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Texas for this course. Learn more about STEPP.
STEPP demonstrates how USPTO examiners review patent applications according to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). Similar to entry level examiners, each trainee will use a sample application that will be the focus of exercises. The three-day training is broken into the following modules:
- Day one focuses on the role of an examiner and the steps an examiner would take when reading an application for the first time. Claim interpretation and 35 USC 101 and 112 are emphasized.
- Day two gives participants the chance to use the information gathered during day one to plan a search, conduct a search, and map prior art to claims using 35 USC 102 and 103.
- Day three focuses on writing of an office action, as well as post-examination options such as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU).
For a detailed schedule, see the Agent/attorney three-day course schedule (Please note: the content and schedule of this course is subject to change). Please check back for information about registration.
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