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Un-doom Your 2019 Resolutions with IPWatchdog

Un-doom Your 2019 Resolutions with IPWatchdogGreetings All! John White here…..May everything go your way in 2019 and beyond! And, to be more certain about that outcome, I want you to know, I am here to help (with Gene and IPWatchdog).

You see, this is the time of year for people, firms, companies to reflect about what they are, or are not, achieving in the patent realm, and make resolutions about how that will change or be altered for the better going forward. What, you’re kidding, this is not the first thing you think of when you awake each day and the last thing that crosses consciousness as you drift off each evening? If it is, good; if not, you need to re-assess your priorities! (And read more IPWatchdog….)

Lucky for you that for Gene and myself, this is what we do, essentially, all the time. Some might grow tired of it – but we do not. And, I might add, we are exciting people: Just ask either of us (but not our spouses)! Often, the food servers, hosts, and others who we encounter as we teach and travel want to know what topic it is that has us in such all consuming animated discussion? The answer is simple: patents. Why? Because it matters, and it matters a great deal to those in the business and the country at large. We believe a path to a brighter future is paved with innovation, and the patent system secures rights for those who participate.  Hence, knowing how the system works, better understanding it and working within it is what we’re all about – all the time. We share this perspective with others to likewise help them increase their respective ability to do the same.

We also understand that not all people, firms, and companies, are able to approach this with the same vigor. Some companies go so far as to include “innovate” in their logo or motto, have boot camps about innovation, etc., some simply say IP matters to some degree. Well, to help all of the above gain a better grasp on the patent system, at all levels and at all points of embarkation for 2019, you should review what it is IPWatchdog is offering in terms of a new approach to training and mentoring in this space.

Most of you know that better and more frequent exposure to IP issues makes you more able to take advantage of what is proposed. Hence, there exists a vague idea that more training and mentoring in this area is a good plan. But, alas, there is no “there” there to make this occur. People are already tasked and busy and the diversion of resources from already budgeted items is difficult to achieve. So, despite a resolution to change things in your operations as to IP awareness and training for 2019, it is likely, like so many other resolutions made at this time; doomed. Well then, let IPWatchdog help un-doom your efforts.

For many, IPWatchdog is one of the “blogs” we read to keep up to date with what is happening in the industry. Over the last year IPWatchdog has become much more, offering content well beyond articles.

If your organization has interns or would-be inventors who need to simply know what it is the system does, its major components, and how they work and interact – Look for the IPWatchdog Intern/Inventor training, a course that will debut in May 2019. Get these people excited about the possibilities and futures to which they can contribute! Be the enterprise that elicits the next stepping stone of tomorrow – today! (Who can say no to that hyperbole?)

If you have new practitioners, or others just starting prosecution, look for the IPWatchdog Practitioner Training given at various times through the year, with our next course beginning on January 23, 2019. Real nuts and bolts, from ground zero. A real introduction to patent prosecution. Let this course help launch that person into the realm of prosecution, in any type of organization, with confidence and tools! Plus the course includes ongoing active mentoring to help the learning stick and be applied. Starting in 2019 the course is approved for 18 hours of CLE, and will include an additional 18 hours of ongoing, active mentoring with live tutorial sessions throughout the year.

If you are a C-level executive who needs to know how the system operates at the very top in terms of the policy players and legislative efforts, check out the Patent Masters program. Those who presently, and actively participate in the shaping of national and international IP policy are all together in the room. Say hello, and get informed!

And, let’s not forget PLI Patent Bar Review for those who are already committed to getting registered in 2019. PLI is but a click away for that and many, many other traditionally delivered CLE hours, that Gene and I also help organize and arrange, for all facets of IP practice. In fact, it is likely PLI links for their many and varied offerings surround this article!

All of these programs are delivered in a model that provides the best uptake for the information being delivered. All who attend will easily and rapidly pay back the cost through greater capacity and productivety within your organization, whatever it may be. More and better value will be extracted from your efforts. Best of all, you already have this in your budget(s) under training. Get going; make the decision to make 2019 a better year on the patent front – now!

And, of course, don’t forget about the weekly free IPWatchdog webinars, which cover specific niche topics ranging from the nuances of means-plus-function claiming, to patent valuation, to prosecution strategies when dealing with low allowance rate examiners. You can also watch past webinars for free from the archive.


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6 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for Anon]
    January 7, 2019 07:46 am

    I tis indeed difficult (but important) to “Un-doom” and persevere towards a restoration of a string US patent system.

    Thank you (and Gene) and the others that provide both the (negative) state of things, as well as the encouragement to change that state.

  • [Avatar for EG]
    January 7, 2019 08:19 am

    Hey John,

    Glad to have you and Gene out there promoting the value of innovation and patents to protect it. I’m now slightly less than 5 months away from hanging up my IP law spikes. I’ve had good over 41 year run but it’s time to “head off into the sunset,” at least as an active IP attorney.

  • [Avatar for Ted]
    January 7, 2019 08:38 pm

    John, still can’t thank you and Gene enough for the work you do on that PLI patent bar course.

    I’m working on starting a watch club at my law school for the IP Watchdog Thursday webinars.

  • [Avatar for Night Writer]
    Night Writer
    January 8, 2019 03:50 am


    That will be a sad day. Maybe you can spend your retirement being an advocate for patents. We desperately need people to write papers to counter the Lemley’s.

  • [Avatar for Eric Berend]
    Eric Berend
    January 9, 2019 12:28 pm

    Despite my reservations regarding the entire U.S. patent system at this point, I have to commend you both for your continued dedication to fighting this ‘good fight’.

    And, if there ever is even just a mere partial recovery and re-establishment of a patent system in which prosecution of its actual practices is, in fact “directed to” the original and genuine Constitutional purposes of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 – then, it is you folks who will deserve a large part of the credit for such an achievement.

  • [Avatar for Anon]
    January 9, 2019 04:59 pm


    It is a worthy goal and would indeed by a great accomplishment to restore the strength of the patent system.

    It sometimes seems like a knife edge with balancing a strident view that things ARE wrong (as there are people with alternative agendas who refuse to see ANY faults with the trajectory that we have been on) and preserving hope for those who only know too well that the system has been severely compromised.

    I would put it that a reason TO complain is expressly to keep on fighting.

    To complain AND abdicate the fight is to serve the interests of those seeking to denigrate the system.

    Those seeking to denigrate may win in more than one way. They win if people think that “all is fine” with the current trajectory (if there be silence as to the ills). They also win when the complaining results in abdication (the ills are so bad, there is no hope).

    Notice and fervent awareness without stabbing the heart of hope – all I can say is keep up the fight and thank you for those who either keep up the fight OR do not lose hope.