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  • Description

    Patent law is one of the lesser known areas of law, in particular from a procedural standpoint. Special licensing and exclusive exams, as well as an undergraduate degree in science or engineering, dictate who can practice patent law and only practitioners will have real in-depth knowledge. With only about 40,000 active practitioners in the US, course work in the field is extremely limited.

    Regardless, it isn’t uncommon for an attorney with little or no background in patent prosecution to litigate a patent infringement case, negotiate a licensing agreement or settlements or determine a patent’s value in relation to acquisition or merger activities. Issues such as the vulnerability of a patent, invention, patenting and patent ownership may all come into play as well as the time and cost of obtaining a patent, all of which may impact the value figures in these settlements.

    This CLE course will outline the entire patent prosecution process as well as relevant governing statutes and tips for how to best protect your clients from losing their patent rights.

  • Instructor Bio

    Patricia Werschulz

    Pat is an intellectual property lawyer and a registered patent attorney with many years of industrial experience in product development and manufacturing. Prior to entering law practice, Pat was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, holding positions from bench chemist to Research Director.

    Pat has prepared hundreds of patent applications and trademark applications, obtaining patent protection and trademark registrations for many clients. In addition, she has helped many businesses expand their product line by providing freedom to operate opinions and non-infringement opinions so that these businesses can move forward without fear of litigation.

    Pat’s patent practice includes a wide range of industrial consumer products. She has helped clients obtain patents on inventions from clothing to automobile parts, from baby accessories to sporting equipment in addition to life sciences invention.

    Ms. Werschulz received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Chatham College of Pittsburgh, her M.B.A from Fordham University and her J.D from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Ms. Werschulz has a history of academic excellence, receiving the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law at Rutgers, the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Fordham, graduating with the highest G.P.A. in her class and the American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major as an undergraduate.