Patent Practitioner Training


You’ve passed the patent bar exam. Now what? Having a license to practice is just the beginning. What you need is a bridge between passing the patent bar and representing clients.

Increasingly firms are not providing training, and many firms are not even hiring unless practitioners have experience. That means new practitioners are often left to their own devices as they seek experience in the first few years after passing the patent bar examination.

This is why Gene Quinn and John White designed Patent Practitioner Training 101. This course will provide all the tools necessary to hit the ground running. From interacting with clients to agreements, to handling money, to drafting applications and responding to Office Actions, this course covers it all.

Gene Quinn

John White

We will address everything you may need to do up to and including filing a Notice of Appeal at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including: obtaining clients, initial client intake, client agreements, handling money, opinion letters, patent searching, opinion letters, drafting patent applications, filing patent applications, responding to a restriction requirement, responding to a notice of omitted items, filing a general authorization, drafting and filing preliminary amendments, reporting office actions to a client, conducting examiner interviews, drafting and filing an amendments and responses, and options for keeping a case alive after a final rejection.

In addition to this course, each student will receive 6 months free access to The Invent + Patent System™, an online tool created by Gene Quinn to help draft patent specifications.

At the end of this, course students should have a strong grasp on the day to day basics of patent practice, and a catalog of examples and templates to draw upon for a variety of the most common and likely occurrences that real life will throw at a patent practitioner.

This course is designed for those who have already passed the U.S. patent bar exam, and we will assume a level of knowledge commensurate with having passed the exam. While exceptions may be made in certain cases, familiarity with U.S. patent law and rules of practices is a prerequisite. 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.

Payment Option

PayPal offers a 6 month, no interest payment option.  Please click the PayPal Credit image to learn more and apply.  Once you have set up your PayPal account, and have gotten PayPal Credit approval, please email PatentPractitioner101@ipwatchdog.com and we will send you an invoice for the course of your choice via PayPal.

Course Agenda

CLICK HERE to download the Live Course Agenda. The Distance Learning Live course will teach the same 18 segments in the same order, just over 6 days rather than 3 days.

Distance Learning Live

We will also offer a LIVE distance course. These live, online courses are not pre-recorded. Either John, Gene, or both will be live via our interface to conduct the class and answer questions during the Q&A period.

Each distance course will meet for a total of 6 days (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for two weeks), and will cover each of the same 18 segment hours covered in the live course. Rather than breaking the day down into a morning segment and afternoon segment, each day of the distance course will cover 3 hours of substantive instruction, which will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A period. There will, of course, be homework.

Live Course on Location

We will offer live courses at 700 12th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC. This facility is conveniently located directly across the street from Metro Center, making it easily accessible by public transportation. Continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments will be provided each day. Students will provide their own lunch.

In our live on location courses, we will cover 6 hours of material each day, with a Q&A period to end each day. There will be homework, and lunch assignments. Those familiar with the patent bar course John and Gene teach will already know the drill. This will be an immersion course where students will be busy in class from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm each day, and with homework on the first two nights.

Cancelation Policy

Because space for our live courses is 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.