The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites your school to participate in the 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition. The competition introduces law students to issues arising in U.S. patent law and develops their patent application drafting, amending, and prosecution skills.
Student teams will be given hypothetical invention statements for which they will search the prior art, prepare a specification, draft claims, and present their reasoning for patentability before a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and high-profile guest judges.
The invention statements will be released to the competing teams on November 16, 2020. The regional rounds will be virtual and include up to 15 teams. The winner from each regional round will be invited to compete in the National Final Competition before a panel of senior USPTO officials and other esteemed judges at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, in April 2021.
Registration open October 1 through November 7, 2020
Teams must register through Eventbrite at:
2021 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office National Patent Drafting Competition.
You can also search Eventbrite for event number 118492306679.
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Select this link to download the 2021 National Patent Drafting Competition rules. Questions regarding the rules for the competition process should be sent to the organizing committee at PatentDraftingCompetition@uspto.gov.
Saturday, October 17 – 2021 National Patent Application Drafting Competition Informational Session
Saturday, November 7 – Webinar: Prior Art Search Class
Saturday, November 14 – Slides: How to Draft a Claim
Saturday, December 12 – Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, Module One
Saturday, January 23 – Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, Module Two
Saturday, February 6 – Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, Module Three
Saturday, February 20 – Patent Prosecution Boot Camp, Module Four
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October 1, 2020 – Team registration opens
November 7, 2020 – Team registration closes
November 23, 2020 – Team invitations and invention statement sent
February 8, 2021 – Deadline to submit team patent application
March 6, 2021 – Virtual Regional Rounds – Regional Winners announced
March 21, 2021 – Deadline to submit National Finals team patent application
April 9, 2021 – National Finals competition
- Detroit: Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO
- Dallas: Texas Regional USPTO
- San Jose: Silicon Valley Regional USPTO
- Denver: Rocky Mountain Regional USPTO
- Alexandria: Eastern Regional USPTO
Please visit the USPTO website for the 2020 finalists and competition results.
Learn about previous National Patent Drafting Competitions.