Life Sciences Patent Preparation and Prosecution

Course Description

This course will cover patent preparation and prosecution with an eye towards life science-type patents. Patent drafting and prosecution is a high-level skill set requiring efficiency and a wide knowledge base. 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 eight complete patent specifications and claims as well as four responses to four USPTO Office Actions. The course format is 1-2 hours per week of traditional lecture and 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 applications and responses prepared for the course.

Course ID: MNGT IP05P
Course Format: Online

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
17695 Aug 28, 2017 Dec 8, 2017 Online $9,000



  • Undergraduate and/or Graduate Degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, or Neuroscience (can be in process)
  • Other degrees reviewed upon request

Who Should Attend

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

How You Will Benefit

  • Become practice-ready for patent preparation and prosecution employment opportunities.
  • Be exposed to law firms and requirements/expectations to law firm life.
  • Generate efficiencies within your patent preparation/prosecution practice.
  • Understand patent drafting and prosecution vs. stylistics.
  • Become highly marketable to potential employers.


  • Life Sciences Patent Preparation
  • Life Sciences Patent Prosecution


Required - Student Must Provide

  • Laptop with video, audio, and microphone capabilities


  • Course workbooks

Technology Requirements

Verify you meet the minimum technology requirements for this section.