The IPWatchdog Institute has been continuously online since 1999. In that time we have grown to become a reliable and trusted resource for news and information on patents and innovation law, policy and legislation. We are now proud to begin offering courses, seminars, and training. Welcome to the IPWatchdog Institute.

In addition to our highly successful free webinar series, beginning Summer 2018 we will introduce several live courses and seminars. Our plan is to continue to expand our offerings, both online and in the real world.

If your company, firm or organization has training needs or would like educational or informational presentations for corporate events, board meetings, retreats, or simply to educate your workforce, we are happy to design a program or presentation that meets your needs. CLICK HERE to contact us.

Patent Masters Symposium

In-depth, off the record conversations with top industry thought leaders!

Sometimes it is important to know what is going on behind the scenes. This was the genesis of the Patent Masters Symposium.

This high-level symposium is designed for attorneys and professionals interested in an in-depth exploration of topical legal issues facing the U.S. patent system. Discussions will be lead by some of the top thought leaders in the industry and will cover what is happening in the Courts, on Capitol Hill, and at the USPTO.

Join us on July 30-31, 2018, in Washington, DC, for an interactive discussion in a boardroom setting. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 14 individuals in order to encourage dialogue and to ensure a meaningful opportunity for participation. CLE Requested. Breakfast and Lunch provided. Dinner provided Monday, July 30. Price: $2,950.

Faculty: Chief Judge Paul Michel (ret.), Todd Dickinson, Bob Stoll, Phil Johnson and Gene Quinn.

For more information, or to register, please CLICK HERE.

Patent Practice Training for Newbies

You’ve passed the patent bar exam. Now what? Having a license to practice is just the beginning. Increasingly firms are not providing training, and many firms are not even hiring unless practitioners have experience.  This is why Gene Quinn and John White have designed this course on Patent Practitioner Training 101, which will provide all the tools necessary to hit the ground running.

This course will be offered via both an interactive distance learning model, and live. Both course platforms will be identical in substance and will cover everything a practitioner may need to do up to and including filing a Notice of Appeal at the USPTO. From interacting with clients to agreements, to handling money, to drafting applications and responding to Office Actions, this course covers it all. Price: $1,975.

Faculty: Gene Quinn and John White.


September 10, 12, 14 and September 17, 19, 21, 2018 (6 – half days, M-W-F) – 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

November 26, 28, 30 and December 3, 5, 7, 2018 (6 – half days, M-W-F) – 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

For more information, or to register, please CLICK HERE.

Patent Claim Drafting

A patent claim defines the scope of the right to exclude granted by the government in a patent and, therefore, defines the patented invention. Patent claims are an essential part of every patent application, and mastery of the art of patent claim drafting is a necessity for patent practitioners. With this in mind, this course will focus exclusively on drafting patent claims that will be deemed acceptable by the USPTO.

We will place emphasis on drafting claims that are broad enough to provide meaningful protection for your client, while at the same time being a reasonable enough set of original claims that can be submitted at the time of filing a new patent application to provoke a thorough search and fair treatment from a patent examiner.

Claim drafting can only realistically be taught through trial and error, which means there will be a series of assignments that students will need to do. There will be assignments both before the course begins, and during the duration of the course. Through trial and error students will become familiar with drafting patent claims in a variety of different technologies for inventions of varying complexity.

Individualized feedback will be provided to students on assignments, and course materials will provide students with examples of patent claims for a variety of different technologies that employ a variety of different claiming techniques.

Familiarity with U.S. patent law is required. This course is ideal for those patent practitioners with less than two years of experience, or law students entering a clerkship or internship between their second and third year of law school.

Faculty: Gene Quinn and John White.


August 27, 29, 31, 2018 (3 – half days) – 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM EST

For more information, or to register, please CLICK HERE.


Cancelation Policy  – Because space is extremely limited, cancellations will be subject to cancellation fees as follows:

  • Cancelations 6 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 10% processing fee*
  • Cancelations 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 20% processing fee*
  • Cancelations within the last 2 weeks prior to the event, no refund be will be given*

*In the event that we have a waiting list and can fill your spot immediately upon your cancellation, we will be happy to give you a full refund regardless of when you cancel.

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