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Understanding the New Patent Law Changes

Tracy P. Jong, Esq., Patent and Trademark Attorney
Cheng-Ning Jong, P.E., B.S., M.S., Registered Patent Agent

Course Outline

In this course, you will learn:

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

In this course, you will learn:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for practicing engineers of any industry whose daily work involves creating innovations but have little or no practical experience in protecting the innovations or differentiating innovations from prior art and patented inventions.  For those engineers who have had patents filed in the past or dealt with their intellectual property legal department, this course introduces important changes in the patent laws which could significantly change the modus operandi of their patent protection practices. 

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will become aware of the important changes of the Leah-Smith America Invents Act and how these changes may affect patent protection both from the perspectives of themselves and their competitors.

Course Introduction

Technology is a key asset to most businesses. The know-how to produce a product or a service in a manner that sets the company apart from its competitors is a proprietary advantage that must be protected for continued success. Know-how is often the result of a significant expenditure of corporate resources and the benefit of experience through trial and error. This proprietary technology allows them to be competitively positioned in the marketplace.  Your competitor is equally aware of the importance of protecting technology and has applied for and been granted patents in certain technology areas you operate in.  This course is designed to bring awareness to you about the important changes in the patent laws in the twenty first century and possibly one of the most significant changes in the patent laws in the past two centuries.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following course contents in PDF format:

Understanding the New Patent Law Changes

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Course Summary

We have reviewed several important patent law changes introduced as a result of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and what they may mean to you as an engineer.  By pointing out various aspects of the changes, it is the authors’ hope that the course has raised the reader’s awareness in spotting potential changes that may be required in their own patent protection practices. 


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