USTM&PatentSeminar2017

US Trademark and Patent System 22.3.2017- Seminar in Two Parts

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) organizes a seminar on US trademark and patent system. The seminar has two parts: trademark session in the morning and patent session in the afternoon. You may participate in either one of the two sessions or both.

The Trademark Session is an introduction to the trademark application process in the USA with case examples. It suits well also for those who have no prior knowledge of US trademark system.

The Patent Session is a more in-depth review of the US patent system for patent professionals, with a comparison to drafting patent applications in Europe (EPO/PRH).

The seminar is free of charge and will be conducted in English.

Register by Monday 20 March 2017 at 16:15.

Time and Place

Wednesday 22 March 2017
Trademark Session at 9:00 -11:30, Patent Session at 13:00-17:00

Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH), Helsinki, Finland

Preliminary Programme

Part I: Introduction to trademarks in the USA

8:30 Coffee

9:00 Welcome

9:10 Experiences of Finnish applicants (speaker tbc)

9:40 Introduction to the US trademark application process
Robert P. Michal, Partner at Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

10:30 Use cases of trademarks in USA
Robert P. Michal, Partner at Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

  • Federal registration
  • State registration

11:30 End of Part I

11:30 - 12:00 Networking and discussions with the speakers

Part II: Topical issues in US patenting with comparison to the European practice

13.00 Welcome

13.10 Principles of patentability assessment at the EPO (PRH) and at the USPTO
Jaakko Hosio, Patent Examiner, Finnish Patent and Registration Office

13.40 Comparison of inventive step and non-obviousness from the point of view of a patent attorney Robert P. Michal, Partner at Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

  • Drafting of applications
  • Non-obviousness decisions of the USPTO
  • Answering to 103 rejections

14.40 Coffee

15.10 Drafting of applications in view of patenting at the EPO (PRH) or at the USPTO (speaker tbc)

15.40 Abstract ideas at the USPTO: review of post-Alice decisions of the CAFC and the PTAB - how do they affect drafting of applications?
Robert P. Michal, Partner at Carter, Deluca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP

  • What conclusions can be drawn?

16.40 Concluding remarks

17.00 End of Part II

17:00 - 18:00 Networking and discussions with the speakers

Patent eligibility (§ 101) and non-obviousness (§ 103) at the USPTO

The afternoon part of the seminar is a review of patentability, primarily at the USPTO, but with comparison to the EPO. We focus on the US patent system with comparison to the EPO concept of patentability (technical effect and inventive step). The basic difference in the two systems is that patent eligibility at the EPO (concept of “invention") and obviousness (“inventive step") are closely related whereas at the USPTO they are not.

Should you have any questions or suggestions how to approach the above topics in the seminar please do to hesitate to contact us. All your inputs are welcome!

Read more about eligibility and non-obviousness. (pdf, 0,18 Mt)


Registration

Register here

Register by Monday 20 March 2017 at 16:15.


Contact information

For further information on the seminar please contact:

Mr Olli-Pekka Piirilä
Principal patent examiner
Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH)
Email: olli-pekka.piirila (at) prh.fi
tel. +358 29 509 5904