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With Professor Joe Barich

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About the Patent Prosecution Class

Patent Prosecution takes students who have taken the Patent Law pre-requisite and teaches them the practicalities of patent prosecution from the ground up - including how to draft a patent application and responding to Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) rejections.  We concentrate on practical examples and learning the practical skills that will allow students to draft most patent applications.  Many 2Ls who have taken the class and then worked at a firm the following summer report back that the lawyers that they worked with rated their skills as on par with first or second year associates. 

In the class, each year we start with a new innovation that is fairly technologically complex and is intended to be a representative sample of what might be encountered in practice.  Over the course of the semester, the students write a patent application for the innovation in stages and with feedback from the Professor.  Their patent applications are then submitted to the Professor who acts as the PTO so that students can get a feel for working with the PTO.  That is, as is typical in real life, the student's patent applications are all rejected by the PTO and then they must respond to the rejections by amendments and/or arguments in an attempt to secure allowance for their patent applications.

The knowledge and  experience that I gained in Professor Barich’s Patent Prosecution class helped me make a strong impression as a summer associate.  On my first day, a partner dropped a 200+ page paper file wrapper on my desk and simply asked me to draft a “Response” by the end of the week.  There was no discussion about what a Response was, no mention of what the file wrapper contained, much less any indication of how it was organized.  Thanks to Professor Barich’s comprehensive, in-depth study and practical application of patent prosecution from start-to-finish, I was able to confidently say “no problem” and proceed with the peace of mind of having seen the task before.  In fact, there are aspects of his class that still serve me well to this day.  An excellent class with real-world application – my highest recommendation!

                                                                     -Senior Associate at a Large Firm


2017 Class Materials
2017 Invention Disclosure - OptiGym
2017 Comments on Claim Drafting

2017 Comments on the Detailed Description
2017 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2017 Comments on the Filing Paperwork
2017 Comments on the First Amendment
2017 Comments on the Final Amendment


2016 Class Materials
2016 Invention Disclosure - Dstrsr

2016 Comments on Claim Drafting
2016 Comments on the Detailed Description
2016 Sample Detailed Description
2016 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2016 Comments on the Filing Paperwork
2016 Comments on the First Amendment
2016 Comments on the Final Amendment
2016 Sample Final Amendment

2015 Class Materials
2015 Invention Disclosure - Helios

2015 Comments on Claim Drafting
2015 Comments on the Detailed Description

2015 Sample Detailed Description
2015 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2015 Comments on the Filing Documents
2015 Comments on the First Amendment


2014 Class Materials
2014 Invention Disclosure - RoadShout!
2014 Comments on Claim Drafting
2014 Comments on the Detailed Description

2014 Sample Detailed Description
2014 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2014 Sample Full Patent Application 1
2014 Sample Full Patent Application 2
2014 Comments on the Filing Documents
2014 Comments on the First Amendment
2014 Sample First Amendment
2014 Comments on the Final Amendment
2014 Sample Final Amendment

2013 Class Materials
2013 Invention Disclosure - HealthLights
2013 Comments on Claim Drafting
2013 Comments on the Detailed Description

2013 Sample Detailed Description 1
2013 Sample Detailed Description 2
2013 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2013 Sample Full Patent Application 1
2013 Sample Full Patent Application 2

2013 Comments on the Filing Documents
2013 Comments on the First Amendment
2013 Sample First Amendment
2013 Comments on the Final Amendment
2013 Sample Final Amendment

2012 Class Materials
2012 Invention Disclosure - QuestLord
2012 Comments on Claim Drafting
2012 Comments on the Detailed Description
2012 Sample Detailed Description 1
2012 Sample Detailed Description 2
2012 Sample Detailed Description 3

2012 Comments on the Full Patent Application
2012 Sample Full Patent Application
2012 Comments on the Filing Paperwork
2012 Comments on the First Amendment
2012 Sample First Amendment 1
2012 Sample First Amendment 2


2012 Sample Final Amendment

2011 Class Materials
2011 Invention Disclosure - AlwaysHome
2011 Comments on Claim Drafting
2011 Comments on the Detailed Description
Sample Detailed Description
2011 Comments on the Full Patent Application
Sample Full Patent Application
2011 Comments on the Filing Paperwork
2011 Comments on the First Amendment
Sample First Amendment 1
Sample First Amendment 2

2011 Comments on the Final Amendment
Sample Final Amendment
2010 Class Materials
2010 Invention Disclosure - CarbonSaint
2010 Comments on Claim Drafting
2010 Comments on Detailed Description
Sample Detailed Description 1
Sample Detailed Description 2
Sample Detailed Description 3

2010 Comments on the Full Patent Application
Sample Full Patent Application 1
Sample Full Patent Application 2
2010 Comments on the Filing Paperwork
2010 Comments on the First Amendment

Sample First Amendment 1
Sample First Amendment 2

2010 Comments on the Final Amendment
Sample Final Amendment

2009 Class Materials

2009 Invention Disclosure - FitPotato
2009 Comments on Claim Drafting
2009 Comments on Detailed Descriptions
2009 Comments on Full Application Drafting
2009 Sample Application - Part 1
2009 Sample Application - Part 2
2009 Comments on Filing Paperwork
2009 Comments on First Amendment
2009 Sample Amendment
2009 Comments on Final Amendment



2008 Class Materials
2008 Invention Disclosure - WikiWalker
2008 Comments on Claim Drafting
2008 Comments on Detailed Descriptions
          2008 Sample DD
          Additional 2008 DDsHereHereHereHere
2008 Comments on Filing Paperwork and Full Application Drafting
2008 Comments on First Amendment


2007 Class Materials

2007 Invention Disclosure - CouponMaster
2007 Comments on Claim Drafting
2007 Comments on Detailed Descriptions
          2007 Sample DD
2007 Comments on Full Application Drafting
2007 Comments on Filing Paperwork
2007 Comments on First Amendment
2007 Comments on Final Amendment



2006 Class Materials
2006 Invention Disclosure - PowerBrella
2006 Comments on Claim Drafting
2006 Comments on Detailed Descriptions
2006 Comments on Full Application Drafting
2006 Comments on First Amendment



2005 Class Materials
2005 Comments on Detailed Descriptions
2005 Comments on Full Application Drafting
2005 Comments on First Amendment



Some Student Comments on the Patent Prosecution Class

  • It was a tremendous class and I have learned a lot [I] must say it was my best class
  • It was tough, but well worth it. 
  • Pleasure was all mine and I had a great time in both of your classes. Especially I learned so much about drafting a patent application and believe this class will be a great help in the future.
  • Thank you for a great semester, I learned a tremendous amount and feel my patent skills set grew immensely as a result of your efforts.
  • Thank you for teaching us the patent prosecution class. Out of all the classes I took in my LLM, this was the most practical and where I learnt the most regarding US prosecution.  The materials were excellent, again very practical unlike other subjects in IP where we just have to read the cases and reproduce in the final exams.
  • Lots of good class materials
  • Very realistic approach
  • Tackling a major new project like this has, unexpectedly, taught me something about how to manage a law career as a whole.  It was that whole mentality this built up that has been the most beneficial to me.
  • Thank you for coming down here and teaching us throughout the whole semester.
    This course was the most practical course that I have ever had, and I think this will help me a lot when I go to practice.
  • The class was quite demanding sometimes (as I feel it rightly should be), but the valuable experience and insight gained more than justify the time commitment required to reap the benefits.  Students considering patent prosecution work would do well to take your class.
  • I wanted wanted to thank you again for taking the time to teach this class.  It has definitely been the most beneficial class I have taken in law school.
  • Thanks! I learned so much more that what grades can reflect (especially what NOT to do!) and it has been really good to go through this entire process.
  • I had a great time in your class this semester. It was easily the most hands-on, most useful class I have had in law school. Your feedback has been outstanding and your dedication to the course and to providing a realistic simulation has been unbelievable. I think we all hope that we'll have your drive to give back when we're 9 or 10 years into practice. I'll be in Chicago this summer putting my new skills to work. It would be a thrill to interact with you professionally at some point. My schedule for next year is still in development, but the Patent Clinic is definitely on my short list for the Spring.
  • I learned more in this class than anything I have done in law school.
  • I also wanted to say that I really enjoyed your patent prosecution course. I learned a lot in the course and I think it will really help me at work this summer. I know you put both a lot of work into the course and in commuting from Chicago every Friday during the Spring semester. I have all of your notes printed in a binder that I plan to use as reference for a long time to come.
  • Also, thank you for getting our grades to us so quickly -- it was a pick me up to get good feedback before going into my final exams this week and next week
  • Thanks again for the opportunity to take your class. I really enjoyed it.
  • Thanks for everything. I really enjoyed the class and I think learned a lot. I'm glad I had a chance to work out some of the kinks before it actually counts. I'll be sure to let you know how the summer goes. I have a feeling my first-year friend at the firm is going to be jealous
  • Thank you for your comments and patience this semester; I know you had a lot of work this semester, and I thought you should know that your contributions to the Law School do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
  • Prof. Barich's dedication to this class and the amount of time he sacrifices to make it excellent are amazingly inspiring.  Amount of feedback he provides is amazing.  Course was tough but fair.
  • The course materials were excellent.  I will use these in practice.  Professor Barich is very interested in students learning the material. 
  • [What aspects of this course were most beneficial to you?] Alerting us to the potential pitfalls of patent prosecution that we may not be aware of as first-year associates.
  • VERY hands on and practical.  Best class I've taken to prepare for this 2L summer.