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kristen57
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Preparation for Patent Agent (Trainee)
« on: May 25th, 2007, 9:28pm »
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Hi, I will be working as a patent agent (trainee) starting sometime next month.  
 
Would like to find out how can I best prepare for the job before it starts? I have been told I will be dealing with EE patents. What should I be reading up on, both on the technical and patent law aspects?
 
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Re: Preparation for Patent Agent (Trainee)
« Reply #1 on: May 28th, 2007, 1:34pm »
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Read Landis on patent claim drafting, if you haven't done so already, ignoring the outdated case law.  Read chapter 700 of the MPEP to start with then the rest of it (skip the interferences and PCT chapters for now), read the 37 CFR (skip the interferences and PCT chapters).
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Re: Preparation for Patent Agent (Trainee)
« Reply #2 on: May 29th, 2007, 5:05am »
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Could you please confirm that Landis is the book entitled "Landis on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting"?
Would you have a recommendation for chemical/biotech inventions?
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Re: Preparation for Patent Agent (Trainee)
« Reply #3 on: May 29th, 2007, 5:41pm »
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For chemical and biotech areas:
 
Read the chapter 2400
I would read several patents and published publications related to your work soon.
I would also look at the file history of some of the patents issued to your employer, if any.
 
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Re: Preparation for Patent Agent (Trainee)
« Reply #4 on: May 31st, 2007, 7:45pm »
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There have been some posts on this forum which discussed "Office action" responses.  I seem to recall that Isaac once wrote that his entire first year was analyzing and responding to OA's;  my experience as a "trainee" (I guess I'm still one Grin ) was similar.
 
Digging up those posts (Jim Ivey wrote one recently regarding a claims traversal) might be of use, as would reading lots of patents.  Hmm, you could ask your employer for some copies of OA's and responses to review so that you can get used to the style (at least, if you've already signed the confidentiality agreements, etc., etc.).  (Maybe they're available online by now, for issued patents?  That'd be really nice!)
 
Good luck and have fun!
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