FY 2020 vILT Courses
Unity of Invention
Advanced training on restriction practice using the unity of invention analysis for national stage applications submitted under 35 U.S.C. 371. Topics covered include determining when the unity of invention restriction analysis is to be used to formulate a restriction, a priori and a posteriori unity of invention analyses, reasonableness considerations, election of species, and rejoinder practice.
FY 2019 vILT Courses
Combined 102/103 workshop training
Hypothetical examples will be used to reinforce good practices for identifying and making proper anticipation and obviousness rejections. View material made public on 12/4/2018.
Legal analysis and writing workshop
Hypothetical examples will be used to help you understand how to read and evaluate arguments based on case law citations. Training mMaterial for this vILT course made public in April 2017 and can be found on the Examination Guidance and Training Materials webpage. This workshop is limited to those who have passed the Patent Bar for the purpose of representing applicants before the USPTO.
Note: Prerequisite reading is required to effectively participate in this workshop.
2019 revised patent subject matter eligibility guidance: advanced module
Advanced training module on the 2019 revised patent subject matter eligibility guidance introduces new guidance that revises the procedures for how examiners analyze claims under 35 U.S.C. 101. Training Mmaterial for this vILT course made public in March 2019 and can be found on the Training Materials on subject matter eligibility webpage.
Examining computer-implemented functional claim limitations for compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 112
The new Section 112 initiative assists in the examination of claims that contain functional language, particularly where functional language is used to claim computer-implemented inventions. Training Mmaterial for this vILT course made public in March 2019 and can be found on the Examination Guidance and Training Materials webpage.
This course reinforces the concept of properly treating preambles, wherein/whereby/thereby/functional limitations, and computer implemented 35 USC 112(f) limitations under the broadest reasonable interpretation standard. Training Mmaterial for this vILT course made public in March 2019 and can be found on the Examination Guidance and Training Materials webpage.
This course covers the following topics:
- When restriction is proper
- Restriction and double patenting
- Breadth vs. patentable distinction
- Determining distinctness between related inventions
- Election of species
- Linking claims
- Formulating a restriction requirement and responding to applicant's election
- Rejoinder and withdrawal of a restriction requirement
Are there other examination practice and procedure topics you’d like to receive training in? Please complete the needs assessment survey and let us know.