Sunday, November 30, 2014

December 17: Webcast - The Lure of Functional Claiming: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Recent Court Decisions

Patent attorneys have historically used functional claim language in an effort to cover what an invention does rather than what it is. The use of functional language in a claim presents potential advantages over strictly reciting structure, but also presents potential risks during prosecution and litigation. Understanding how the USPTO and courts are currently evaluating functional claim language is essential to writing and prosecuting patent applications that issue with valuable and enforceable claims.
During the webinar, we will cover these topics and more:
  • Functional claim language: history, examples, and advantages
  • Functional claim-drafting techniques for maximum impact at the USPTO
  • Cases including Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. and their impact on the interpretation of functional claim terms during litigation
  • Writing and prosecuting applications to survive the storm of litigation and post-grant proceedings.
Title: 
The Lure of Functional Claiming: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Recent Court Decisions
When/Where: 
December 17, 2014
9:00 am PST / 10:00 am MST / 11:00 am CST / 12:00 noon EST.
Live webcast; registration required.
Speakers: 
Fitch Even attorneys Stephen S. Favakeh and Jonathan H. Urbanek
Presented by: 
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
Credit: 
1 hr CLE CA/IL/NE; Other states may also reward credit upon attendee request.
Cost: 
Free. Registration required.