2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

Published on: 09/07/2022 11:31 AM





2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition

2023 NPADC

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) invites law students and students studying patent law to participate in the 2023 National Patent Application Drafting Competition (NPADC). The competition introduces students to issues arising in U.S. patent law and develops their patent application drafting and prosecution skills.

Registration begins October 1 and is open through October 31.

Student teams will receive a hypothetical invention statement 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 other members of the intellectual property (IP) community.

The invention statement will be released to the competing teams in early November. The virtual regional rounds will be held on March 4, 2023, and will include up to 15 teams in each region. The winner from each regional round will be invited to compete in the national finals before a panel of senior USPTO officials and other esteemed judges at the USPTO headquarters on April 7, 2023.

To learn more, visit the competition information and registration instructions on the USPTO website.


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