August 18, 2017
Fitch Even partner Amanda Lowerre O’Donnell will be a featured presenter during four sessions of the Practising Law Institute’s Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2017: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, taking place on September 12–13, 2017, at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center. The program is designed for private or corporate practitioners with patent experience who seek to improve their general claim drafting and amendment writing skills, as well as learn practical techniques for avoiding prosecution pitfalls.
On September 12, Amanda will be one of three instructors facilitating an interactive workshop on “Advanced Claim Drafting” related to the electromechanical field. During this session, attendees will receive individualized feedback from the faculty on claim-drafting exercises.
On September 13, Amanda will present a session on “Advanced Patent Prosecution Issues,” covering topics specific to the electromechanical arts, including the use of means-plus-function claims, how to decide whether and when to amend or not amend claims, and how to structure patentability arguments to gain allowance while minimizing estoppel. Later that day, she will co-facilitate an interactive workshop on “Advanced Amendment Drafting,” guiding participants as they draft amendments and apply substantive patent law to practical patent prosecution problems.
In the closing session of the conference, Amanda will join other faculty members in a roundtable discussion of USPTO trends and available resources across all technology areas and will provide tips and recommend strategies for effectively prosecuting applications in view of these trends.
For more information on the workshop, please visit the PLI website.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Amanda has served on the faculty of this annual PLI Patent Prosecution Workshop. Amanda focuses her practice primarily on patent prosecution, patent licensing, and commercial clearance assessments. She counsels clients in the U.S. and abroad working in a variety of technical fields and product applications, including electronic components, energy and renewable energy applications, food processing, packaging technology, and medical devices. In addition, Amanda regularly advises clients on business method protections as well as open-source software issues.