2022 Patent Boot Camp


Patent Boot Camp

Patent Bootcamp 2020 is a one-day seminar aimed at offering participants training on the basics of intellectual property law, patent law, and the patent application process. The goals of the bootcamp are: (i) to identify and discuss the challenges women/minority/indigenous communities face with protecting their innovation; and (ii) to provide intense training about the U.S. patent system and the patenting process.

The program has been approved for up to 8 hours of general continuing legal education (CLE) credit.

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This one-day program will focus on teaching the basics of intellectual property law in general and patent law in particular, as well the basics of the patent application and prosecution process. The program will touch on a host of issues including: pre-filing considerations, invention disclosure and patent preparation, claim drafting, patent application preparation, patent prosecution, patent litigation, and patent counseling. The program will also involve a review of recent developments in the law. Overall, with an eye towards successful prosecution and enforcement, attendees will learn how to prepare a patent application that satisfies the statutory requirements for patentability.

Target Audience: Innovators, entrepreneurs, individuals in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), patent attorneys and patent agents with or without a Patent Office registration number or little patent experience.

Bootcamp faculty will offer presentations and lectures on the following topics:

  • What is a Patent?
  • What is a Trade Secrets?
  • What is a Copyright
  • What is a Trademark?
  • Patents vs Trade Secrets: What is the Difference?
  • Patents vs Trade Secrets: Which Option is Right for You?
  • What Are the Stages of the Patent Process?
  • Pre-filing considerations
  • Patent Search 101: The Basics of Patent Searching
  • Provisional Patent Application: What Is It?
  • Pros and Cons of Provisional Patent Application
  • Initial Steps of a Patent Invention Disclosure
  • An Overview of Claim Drafting and Preparation of a Patent Application
  • The Basics of Patent Claim Drafting
  • An Overview of Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Prosecutor Ethics
  • Patent Litigation Issues
  • Paent Claim Chart Review
  • Post-grant Proceedings: Inter partes review, post-grant review and other post-issuance proceedings


Mary Beth Brooks
Director, Small Business Development Center, Fayetteville, AR
Yoon Chae
Partner, Baker & McKenzie LL.P., Dallas
Lisa C. Childs
Patent Attorney; Assistant Vice President for Technology Commercialization, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Kimberlynn Davis
Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP, Atlanta
Sarah Goforth
Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Adjunct Professor, Sam M. Walton College of Business
David Hinton
Associate Director, Technology Ventures, University of Arkansas
Jane A. Kim
Partner, Wright Lindsey Jennings LLP, Fayetteville, AR
Molly Kocialski
Regional Director, Rocky Mountain United States Patent and Trademark Office
Jade O. Laye
Partner, Haynes Boone, LLP., Houston
Meredith Lowry
Of Counsel, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Rogers, AR
Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile
E.J. Ball Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law
David Pieper
Founding Member, Keisling & Pieper PLC
Heather Nachtmann
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Rashauna Norment
Rashauna Norment Law Firm, PLLC
David Snow
President of the University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation (UATDF)
Katie Thompson
Director, Science Venture Studio, Fayetteville, AR
Justin Urso
Director, McMillon Innovation Studio
Tammy VanHeyningen
Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison, WI
Debby Winters
Cascade Law Group, Fayetteville, AR