Past Webinars

  • October 23, 2012
Continuation-in-Part Patent Application Practice—When Good Parents Go Bad

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP welcomes you to a complimentary webinar, “Continuation-in-Part Patent Application Practice—When Good Parents Go Bad,” presented by Steven G. Parmelee. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at 9:00 am PDT / 10:00 am MDT / 11:00 am CDT / 12:00 noon EDT.

Patent practitioners and their clients often view and apply continuation practice in the U.S., including the filing of continuations-in-part, in generous ways. Continuation-in-part (CIP) applications, however, can give rise to significant procedural concerns that many practitioners regularly neglect to acknowledge. The results can range from unnecessarily shortened patent lifetimes to wasted time, effort, and treasure in the form of dead-on-arrival CIP applications.

This webinar will address the following topics:

  • An overview of continuation practice and the corresponding basic requirements
  • The priority dates that apply to a CIP
  • When a parent application can become prior art against its own CIP offspring
  • The many possible faces of a “parent” (including PCT publications, foreign publications, USPTO publications, etc.)
  • The “continuous disclosure” requirement
  • CIP impact on patent term
  • Strategic considerations and practices (including selective use of provisional applications and requests to not publish pending applications in the U.S.)

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. Steve is also a published author and a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics.

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