Introduction to Patent Preparation and Prosecution

Course Description

This course will cover patent preparation and prosecution basics. Patent drafting and prosecution is a high-level skill set requiring a wide knowledge base and efficiency. Students will build on their basic claim drafting skills by learning the rules, regulations, customs, and practices for dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when filing and prosecuting patent applications. Students will draft one complete patent application with specification and claims and one response to a USPTO Office Action. The course format is 5 hours per week including traditional lecture & discussion to cover theory and general principles, plus regularly-scheduled clinicals with a practicing patent prosecution attorney. During the clinical, the practicing attorney will discuss and provide feedback on the patent application and response prepared during the course.

The classes will run from 6:00PM - 9:00PM EST on Tuesday and 6PM - 8:00PM EST on Thursday evenings within a virtual classroom.

Course ID: MNGT IP04P
Course Format: Online

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
17604 May 2, 2017 May 25, 2017 Online $199
17730 Jul 18, 2017 Aug 10, 2017 Online $199

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for inventors and persons wanting to become technical specialists, patent agents, or patent attorneys.

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain exposure to the patent preparation and prosecution process
  • Gain exposure to the methodologies for drafting/prosecuting a patent application
  • Gain exposure to strategies used to broaden patent application claims
  • Gain exposure to refining patent specifications in accordance with the claims and drawings
  • Gain exposure to the various types of patent applications and how to effectively use each


  • Patent Preparation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Strategy
  • Broadening Out Patentable Embodiments
  • Understanding Various Patent Types


Required - Student Must Provide

  • Computer with video, audio, & microphone capabilities

Technology Requirements

Verify you meet the minimum technology requirements for this section.