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Fall 2018
6205 Patent Prosecution - ASHBURG/COTRONE- 12591

Professor(s): Ray Ashburg (ADJUNCT)
Carlo Cotrone (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

Course Outline: This simulation course approaches patent prosecution from a practical perspective, aiming to equip students with fundamental skills not only in claim drafting, but also in argumentation, advocacy, and collaboration with inventors, clients, and patent examiners. An overarching goal of this course is to help students to begin developing an identity as an intellectual property counselor—a practitioner whose mission is far broader than merely to secure patent protection.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus revised 7/24/18

Course Notes:   This is an LL.M class, and JD students may register, if space is available.
This course is taught by two in-house IP attorneys who both procure patent prosecution services from outside counsel and have deep individual experience in patent prosecution. Beyond building basic skills and knowledge about patent prosecution, the course provides a sense of best practices and equips students with information and perspectives useful in the job search for those who want to practice in patent prosecution.

The resumes of the two professors can be found at these links: Ashburg; Cotrone.

Students should also note that participation in the course brings a special opportunity to obtain the most widely known and used commercial treatise in patent prosecution, Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (7th ed. 2018), at a special student rate that is approximately one-fourth of the cost that a law firm or practicing attorney would pay.

Prerequisites: Yes  Either Patent Law or IP Survey in a prior semester or in the same semester as this course; or permission of the instructors

First Day Assignments: 1)
4) Faber, Introduction & Chapter 2

Final Exam Schedule:      

This course will have:
Exam: YES

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: simulation

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (7/24/2018 7:56:57 AM)

Special Case

Course Materials: For book information please contact Mr. Harold Bradford by email :

Robert C. Faber, Faber on Mechanics of Patent Claim Drafting (7th ed. 2018) (“Faber”)

Faber is available at a highly discounted rate for student use in this course; book ordering is centralized with a Law Center administrative support person. Please email Mr. Harold Bradford at, copying both professors, and Mr. Bradford will check your course enrollment and then provide you with a special form to order the book. Please respect the publisher’s terms and conditions: the special rate is only for students enrolled in this course.
Assigned reading also may include portions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), available at, as well as other provided or referenced materials.