Short-Term Training Program
This short-term IP training program was originally designed with SIPO examiners and reexaminers in mind. It was first conceived in 2006 when SIPO thought it was essential to train its examiners and reexaminers how US patent law is taught, discussed and practiced on a short-term basis. Patent examiners and re-examiners are receiving training in US patent law through a specially-designed program. As patent examiners and re-examiners have specialty backgrounds in technical fields, these specialists attend classes at The John Marshall Law School for two weeks to enhance their understanding of the legal ramifications of their decisions. Over the third week, the students travel to New York City and Washington, DC, to visit with patent attorneys and government officials, including staff members at the US Patent and Trademark Office. “This program is becoming as popular as our LLM degree program,” Prof. Li explained. “We started with one group, but as the interest increases, we are working with more patent examiners and re-examiners. They get training from our top professors and adjunct professors.”
Thus, the short-term IP training program was born. The Center for IP law, and now the CIPRC, relies on the experienced and dedicated corp of IP adjunct faculty at JMLS to offer lectures to SIPO examiners and reexaminers.
In 2010, the CIPRC has revised the program scope to tailor for the first delegation from All-China Patent Agents Association with the help of dedicated adjunct faculty.
The revision was well-received, but we are not content. We have received wonderful feedbacks from the delegates and will improve the program for the future groups of ACPAA delegates. At the same time, we will also tweak the program for the SIPO examiners and reexaminers to further meet their needs and expectations.
For the groups in 2010, the CIPRC wishes to thank Chief Judge Randall R. Rader and his clerk of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuity and Jeffrey Siew of USPTO for hosting the groups during their visit. We also thank the following law firms: Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione; McAndrews, Held & Malloy; Leydig, Voit & Mayer; Winston & Strawn; Polsinelli Sughart; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; and Pillsubry, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman for hosting the SIPO examiners/reexaminers and ACPAA delegates. The CIPRC also thanks Abbott Labs for inviting SIPO examiners/reexaminers to visit its world headquarter in Abbott Park, Illinois.
In 2011, the CIPRC continues to host groups of ACPAA delegates and SIPO examiners and reexaminers. We especially want to thank the following attorneys for delivering the lectures: Van Economou of Economou IP, Adam Kelly of Loeb & Loeb, Chris Griffith of Leydig, Voit & Mayer, James Muraff of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, Kevin Noonan of McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, Phil Petti of USG Corp., and Dan Zhang, Portia Chen, Paul Yasger, Perry Siatis, and Karen Nelson of Abbott Labs.
We also thank Banner & Witcoff's DC office, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Ric's DC office, Nixon Peabody's Chicago office, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg and Ladas & Parry's New York office for hosting receptions for the groups.
We also continue to be grateful to everyone at Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States Patent & Trademark Office, United States International Trade Commission, and United States District Court for the Nothern District of Illinois for hosting our groups' visits.
We look forward to the continuing success of the short-term IP training program and thank you again for the support.