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Presenter: Jeffrey A. Andrews and 4 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Researching Inventions and Existing Patents
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

   Collecting information about inventions

   Patentability searches

   Clearance searches

Managing and Preserving U.S. Patent Rights
Thursday, September 19, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CDT

   Maintaining the patent

   Licensing patent rights

   Assigning patent rights

   Handling patent issues in corporate transactions

   Handling patent infringement issues

Preparing and Prosecuting U.S. Patent Applications
Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

   Patent basics

   Types of patents

   Sources of patent laws and regulations

   Patent eligible subject matter

   Patentability standards

   Preparing a patent application

   Role of the specification and claims

   Patent prosecution procedures

   Duty of disclosure

Patent Litigation Update
Friday, September 20, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT

   Recent cases affecting patent litigation

   Developments at the USPTO patent trial and appeal board

   Update on potential patent reform

   Best practices to avoid patent litigation

Ethical Issues in Patent Law
Friday, September 20, 2019, 2:30 - 3:30 PM CDT

   What inventions should be patentable?

   Profit vs. public interest

   Patent trolls

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

     6.5 PDHs/Continuing Education Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

These live interactive webinars offer continuing education credit to professional engineers in all states, excluding New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers licensed in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Final acceptance of continuing education credits are determined by each state licensing board.


Jeffrey A. Andrews

Partner with Yetter Coleman LLP in Houston

Mr. Andrews is an intellectual property trial attorney with extensive experience in patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright disputes. Trained as a scientist prior to attending law school, he brings his scientific and technical understanding to cases, as well as an ability to effectively explain complex technical issues to judges and juries. He has litigated cases involving a wide array of technologies and industries including power electronics, neural networks, oilfield services, polymer chemistry, software, and medical devices. Mr. Andrews’ extensive litigation and trial experience ensure that he is always ready to take a dispute through a jury verdict, yet he is equally prepared to find resolutions for his clients without the expense of a trial. As a registered patent attorney, he is well-versed in post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has participated in numerous inter partes reviews.

Carlyn Burton

Partner at Osha Liang LLP in Houston

Ms. Burton has extensive experience in domestic and foreign design and utility patent preparation and prosecution, IP counseling, and intellectual asset management. Her practice also includes licensing, dispute resolution, and post-grant proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  With respect to patent preparation and prosecution, Ms. Burton’s involvement can begin as early as mining inventions or evaluation of invention disclosures, patentability analysis, drafting of the patent application, filing of the application, responding to office actions, examiner interviews, and appeals. In the area of IP counseling, Ms. Burton frequently renders opinions regarding infringement, validity, freedom to operate; counsels clients on patent design-around strategies and the strength of patents in anticipation of litigation; leads numerous brainstorming sessions to strengthen IP portfolios, and conducts intellectual property due diligence.  Ms. Burton is currently the President of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association.

Gregory L. Porter

Partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in Houston

Mr. Porter has extensive experience representing and advising companies in all aspects of patent, copyright and trade secret law, including acting as lead counsel in successful jury trials and preliminary injunction hearings, as well as advising on patent procurement and designing around competitor's patents. He also has counseled Fortune 500 clients on the creation and management of their patent portfolios, led IP due diligence teams for major merger and acquisition transactions and participated in contested patent office proceedings such as inter partes reviews and reexaminations. Mr. Porter is also a frequent contributor to the firm’s CAFC blog (www.cafcblog.com), reviewing the latest IP decisions at the Federal Circuit Over the years, he has successfully litigated cases in a diverse range of technologies from oil field tools to polymers, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Porter has drafted and prosecuted chemical, oil field and biotech patents.

Mark D. Shelley II, Ph.D.

Of Counsel, Womble Bond Dickinson in Houston

Dr. Shelley assists clients in identifying and strategically protecting their intellectual property and technology-based assets, with particular emphasis on energy-related transactions and the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks. His practice also includes work in M&A transactions amongst technology-focused companies; drafting complex agreements; preparing patentability, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions; and counseling clients with respect to a wide range of intellectual property issues, including trade secrets and copyrights. A chemical engineer by education, training, and professional licensure, Dr. Shelley has advised clients in diverse markets, including oil and gas exploration/production, industrial and agricultural chemicals, medical devices, alternative energy processes, and consumer goods. As a licensed professional engineer in Texas, he has significant engineering work experience in refineries, chemical plants, and pulp/paper mills.

Jeff Streets

Streets Lawfirm, P.C., Cypress, TX

Mr. Streets has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. After several years in industry, Mr. Streets now has 25 years of experience focused solely on helping inventors and their companies patent their most valuable technological developments.  Over his career as a patent attorney, he has guided numerous clients through the process of preparing and filing patent applications and then diligently advocated the patentability of their inventions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He works closely with his clients to secure patents in such diverse technologies as computer systems, chemical and electrochemical processes, oil field tools and processes, novel chemical formulations and compositions, plant and horticultural devices, and a wide variety of mechanical devices.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $325.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $275.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.