Law Jobs: Patent Prosecution Professor at UNH

Univ. of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, N.H. (formerly Franklin Pierce) is looking to hire a new full-time professor of patent prosecution practice. As many patent attorneys know, patent prosecution is already a major component of UNH’s patent law program.

“The person who is hired for this position must be able to teach and continue to develop a program of instruction that provides students with the skills needed to prosecute patent applications, including claims drafting and patent application preparation and procedures. The course includes a weekly lecture component that is given by the patent prosecution professor and small sections with practicing patent attorneys that are managed by the patent prosecution professor. By the end of this two-semester program, students will have drafted a complete patent specification and claims, responded to various USPTO Office Actions, and learned to prepare additional documents for filing with the USPTO.”

UNH is also willing to accommodate individuals interested in combining teaching responsibilities with an ongoing law practice or other professional obligation.


9 thoughts on “Law Jobs: Patent Prosecution Professor at UNH

  1. 8

    Obvious justice is very different from suit, so the use of the period is often complicated to persons not acquainted with patent lingo. If you are looking for a attorney to sue another celebration for breaking your patent rights, you are looking for a patent litigator.

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    Doesn’t seem to be much to it really.
    1) Claim anything but the actual invention. Ideally there won’t even be an invention, but if there is, the best bet is probably to claim an abstract representation of the general field of the invention. Bonus points for claiming a computer readable medium, even if the invention is directed to a paper towel dispenser. If you don’t, someone else will.
    2) Spam with at least 3 IDSs before the application is assigned to any examiner (after all, they’re free at that stage). Again make sure the cited references have nothing to do with the invention. Bonus points here for citing office actions in completely unrelated applications. In fact, if budget permits, the reply to any office action should be accompanied by an IDS which cites that office action. Sure, examiners could just check the electronic file wrapper to refresh their memory. But how do you know they will? Better get that initialed 1449.
    3) Play dumb / act shocked / spam with irrelevant boilerplate case law if/when the examiner busts you for 1). How could you have possibly known that a container with a hinged lid was already out there?
    4) Come up with your own alleged distinction over the applied references, even if the action holds that 90% of the dependent claims would be allowable if rewritten in independent form. Surely the examiner is trying to trick you.
    5) Always ditch all the previous claims and present only new claims in an amendment. The strikethrough and underlining is so tedious. Just make sure the new claims correspond to amended versions of the ditched ones. If you feel like it.
    6) Profit.

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    Three outstanding attorneys in my firm who each had between 30 to 40 years of private and/or corporate experience in all facets of patents, copyrights, trademarks, etc. representing all manner of clients from individuals to Fortune 100 companies across a wide spectrum of industries and varying business motivations.

    Having had the good fortune of being mentored, and later assuming the role of mentor myself, there is not a single course in law school that comes even remotely close (and this includes “labs” associated with a host of other areas of law).

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    Pro Se – how did you learn to prepare claims or draft an application? I had a very good mentor in a very good corporate patent department. Not everyone has such a set up. I used to be one of the ‘practicing patent practitioners’ who taught a weekly lab course on claim drafting. The people in that course didn’t have mentors, but when they get out of law school, they at least have had some exposure to what will become actual practice. That’s more than I got from my law school IP courses. (Nor did I learn how to draft a contract in my contracts classes, nor did I learn how to perform a house closing in my properties classes, etc. etc. etc.) This is a good program.

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    Next up will be a course on how to prepare tax returns, or perhaps prepare for a driver’s license test, etc.

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