Webinar - Patent Law Fundamentals Series - April 26-May 17, 2019

Patent Law Fundamentals For Scientists, Engineers and Managers - a Four-Part Series

April 26, May 3, May 10, and May 17, 2019
12 pm - 1 pm EDT
Webinar via Zoom


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This webinar is intended as an introductory primer in patent law and practice for scientists, engineers and managers involved in business and technology. The webinar provides an overview of patent protection and trade secret protection. The webinar also covers the fundamentals of how to identify, and document an invention, search for patents related to the invention, and apply for a patent application. In particular, attendees will become familiar with the types of patent applications, patentability requirements, the parts of a patent application, and the prosecution process for getting a patent application allowed before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Attendees will also become familiar with foreign filing of patent applications, post grant patent options including mechanisms for challenging a U.S. patent before the USPTO, the various types of patent opinions and patent litigation. No prior knowledge of patent law is required.

How You’ll Benefit From this Course

  • Understand the basics of U.S. patent law and different types of patents.
  • Understand the basics of trade secret protection and the pro and cons relative to patent protection.
  • Learn how inventorship is determined in the U.S.
  • Understand how to document an invention.
  • Learn how to search public databases for prior art patents.
  • Understand the requirements for patentability in the U.S.
  • Learn the parts of a patent application, and how to properly interpret them.
  • Learn the patent preparation process and how to assist in preparing a patent application.
  • Learn the patent prosecution process and how to assist in prosecuting an application.
  • Understand the formalities associated with patent application filing.
  • Learn mechanisms for foreign filing of patent applications and strategies for selecting countries.
  • Learn about post grant patent processes including ways to challenge a U.S. patent within the USPTO.
  • Learn about patentability, invalidity, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions
  • Gain an overview of patent infringement and patent litigation

Key Topics You’ll Learn About

Part I - April 26, 2019  REGISTER NOW

  • Patents – Introduction
  • Trade secrets   
  • Inventorship
  • Invention documentation
  • Types of Patents

Part II - May 3, 2019 REGISTER NOW

  • Patent procurement process overview
  • Patent searching
  • Patentability requirements
  • U.S. Patent Application Filing Formalities

Part III - May 10, 2019 REGISTER NOW

  •  How to read a U.S. patent publication
  • Patent application preparation
  • Patent prosecution

Part IV - May 17, 2019  REGISTER NOW

  • Foreign filing and prosecution
  • Post grant options
  • Patent litigation and infringement
  • Patent opinions


Bob Migliorini is an in-house intellectual property attorney with Exxon Mobil Corporation.  As a practicing IP attorney, Bob assists clients in all aspects of IP law, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent opinions, client counseling, and IP agreements. He is an author or coauthor of six IP journal articles related to patent law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bob worked for 17 years for ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Films Business, in a variety of technical, operations and leadership positions. He is also an inventor or co-inventor of 14 U.S. patents related to thermoplastic films. He is licensed to practice law in various states and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Bob is also an adjunct law professor at Pace University School of Law where he teaches courses in IP law.