Past Webinars

Provisional Patent Applications: Making Substance in a Land Without Form

March 21, 2012

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP welcomes you to a complimentary webinar, “Provisional Patent Applications: Making Substance in a Land Without Form,” presented by Steven G. Parmelee. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 9:00 am PDT / 10:00 am MDT / 11:00 am CDT / 12:00 noon EDT. 

The first-to-invent impact of the America Invents Act requires a serious reevaluation of the use and content of provisional patent applications. Because many clients may wish to use this filing approach more often, this webinar sets out to instruct and empower various parties, from inventor to patent attorney, to prepare and file provisional patent applications that are long on quality and short on costly overtures to form.

U.S. provisional patent applications have few requirements of form. One could, for example, file a copy of the proverbial dinner napkin upon which the inventor scribbled the details of an idea. It is therefore possible to submit provisional patent applications for very little cost. Is it possible, however, to achieve substantive parity with traditional patent application drafting techniques while avoiding costly matters of form when preparing a provisional application? Our webinar will cover such factors, addressing these topics and more:

  • The job of a provisional patent application
  • The bare minimum
  • Value-added content
  • What not to include
  • How many inventions to include
  • Filing strategies

Our speaker will be Fitch Even partner Steven G. Parmelee. For over 35 years, Steve has assisted clients with global patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate issues, complex litigation, and transactions. Having prepared well over 1,000 U.S. patent applications, he has extensive experience in complex patent preparation and prosecution in the U.S. and abroad.

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