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Procedural Training – Mandatory for all first year examiners

Patent Examiner Initial Training (PEIT) and Introduction to Practice and Procedures (IPP)

Standardized training is provided to new patent examiners to teach them the basic skills and knowledge of the patent process, practices and procedures such that they will be able to successfully examine a patent application. The examiner will also be able to provide an initial report to their supervisor on what is the claimed, as well as, the disclosed invention contained in the application so as to permit him/her to perform a prior art search. The number of courses offered each year is based on the projected number of new examiners entering the patent business unit.

Legal Training – Mandatory for all first year examiners

Practice and Procedures Lectures covering the following topics:

  • Types of application and application requirements
  • "Novelty" requirements
  • "Non-Obviousness" requirements
  • "Utility" requirements
  • Restriction practice
  • Unity of invention
  • Double patenting
  • Allowance and issue
  • Appeals
Legal Training – Technology Center Focused
  • "Novelty" requirements
  • Docket Management
  • Part of Application
  • USPTO Forms
  • After Final Practice
  • "Non-Obviousness" requirements
  • "Utility" requirements
  • Prior Art (special topics)
  • Restriction Practice
  • Response to Arguments
  • Double Patenting
  • Reexam/Reissue
Legal Training – Legal Lectures
Various topics offered each year
Legal Training – Legal Courses
  • Patent Law
  • Evidence
Examiner Technical Training – Technology Center Focused
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Software and Hardware
  • Optics, Semiconductor, Electrical Engineering
  • Communication Technology
Examiner Technical Training – In-house Technical Lectures


  • TCP/IP
  • 3G Wireless Mobile Communication
  • RF/Wireless Engineering
  • DVD Technology
  • Disk Drive operations
  • Memory Technologies
  • Communications Basics
  • 3rd Generation Cellular
  • Display System
  • Flat Panel Display Lecture
  • Optical Technology
  • Computer Architecture
Automation Training


  • Introduction to Computer Skills
  • Keyboarding Skills
  • WindowsTM NT Overview
  • WindowsTM NT Hands On
  • Computer Housekeeping
  • Microsoft® Outlook
  • Microsoft® Excel
  • Microsoft® Word I, II, III, IV
  • Office Action Correspondence Subsystem
  • US Classes, International Patent Classification Codes and the Concordance Online
  • Search Strategy Development Overview
  • Automated Searching for Design Examiners
  • Automated Searching for Shoe Searcher
  • Chemical Searching for Non-Chemists
  • Introduction to Sequence Searching
  • Examiner's Automated Search Tool (EAST) - Search Strategy for Chemical,
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Biotechnology Arts
  • Web-Based Examiner Search Tool (WEST) - Search Strategy for Chemical,
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Biotechnology Arts
  • Search Strategy for the Biotechnology Arts
  • WEST for EAST Searchers/ EAST for WEST Searchers
  • Understanding and Locating Foreign Patents
  • Commercial Databases and Web Resources



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