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The Patent Savvy Executive

Do you want to know everything about patents — from beginning to advanced — to become a patent savvy executive? Regardless of the stage of your company’s lifecycle, this resource is dedicated to providing the information you need to begin navigating the wide world of patents.

Goodwin’s Patent Savvy Executive is meant to serve as a lodestar that provides knowledge and guidance that will help steer emerging and late stage companies toward making informed, strategic decisions regarding patents.

Fundamentals: Videos and Resources for Life Sciences Companies

Understand what “prior art” means under the America Invents Act. This video explores some common examples of what is (or is not) prior art as well as certain exceptions.

Contact: Bonnie Choi

Understand the parts of a patent from claims and specification to figures/drawings (if applicable).

Contact: Christopher Haley

Know the difference between the different types of patent applications: utility, design, plant, provisional, non-provisional, continuations, divisionals, etc.

Contact: Olivia Uitto

Patent 101: What is a patent, what are the requirements for getting a patent to issue, and where is a patent enforceable? All of this is included in this video, which serves as an overview to the patent landscape.

Contact: Olivia Uitto
General information concerning patents | USPTO
Patent process overview | USPTO

Learn to spot the difference between a patent application and an issued patent. This video explores which can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention.

Contact: Olivia Uitto

Understand when a patent term starts and when a patent terms expires, and what can shorten or lengthen a patent term.

Contact: Olivia Uitto

Fundamentals: Videos and Resources for Technology Companies

Learn to spot the difference between a patent application and an issued patent. This video explores which can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention.

Contact: Joel Lehrer

This video is an overview of the patent landscape covering what a patent is, what are the requirements for getting a patent to issue, and where a patent is enforceable.

Contact: Martin Gomez

Understand when a patent term starts and when a patent terms expires, and what can shorten or lengthen a patent term.

Contact: Martin Gomez

Learn the difference between freedom to operate and patentability, which are often confused.

Contact: Ken Radcliffe
Takeaway materials: Patent Process Overview | USPTO

Beyond Fundamentals: Videos and Resources for Life Sciences Companies

Learn about the key types of intellectual property for protecting machine learning.

Contact: Clark Zhang

Understand how to expedite the patenting process using the USPTO's Prioritized Examination (Track One) Program. This video provides an overview of the program's benefits and pitfalls. Also provided are tips for successful use of the Track One program.

Contact: Kuwabo Mubyana
Patent Term Extension

This presentation provides a brief overview of the FDA Orange Book, with particular emphasis on patent exclusivities and their implications for the timing of market entry for generic products.

Contact: Ioana Davies
FDA Orange book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (fda.gov)

Learn the difference between a patent family and a patent portfolio, and how a patent portfolio grows from two or more patent families.

Contact: Olivia Uitto
Life Sciences Collaborations and Licensing
Life Sciences M&A

Aligning your patent families to your commercialized products or services.

Contact: Olivia Uitto

Learn about the types of inventions made during clinical studies and the disclosure timing of these clinical inventions.

Contact: Bonnie Choi

Beyond Fundamentals: Videos and Resources for Technology Companies

Learn about the Anatomy of a Utility Patent and the various parts that make one.

Contact: Martin Miller

Learn about techniques and strategies for accelerating the patent application process, to obtain issued patents faster.

Contact: Martin Gomez

Learn what your options are after receiving a final rejection.

Contact: Ken Radcliffe
Responding to Office Actions | USPTO

Learn about what is patentable and how to secure patent rights in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space.

Contact: Joel Lehrer

Learn about one of the requirements for patentability: novelty. What is it and how is it satisfied?

Contact: Jeff Rummler
General information concerning patents | USPTO
2131-Anticipation — Application of 35 U.S.C. 102 | USPTO

Learn about patent families and the foundational steps to building a patent portfolio, as well as the different types of IP ownership found within a patent.

Contact: Sanjeet Dutta
Patent Prosecution and Counseling
Strategic Technology Transactions and Licensing
Technology M&A

Learn about the key components of your patent portfolio and how patent families in your portfolio relate to and protect individual products.

Contact: Sanjeet Dutta

Know the difference between the different types of patent applications: utility, design, plant, provisional, non-provisional, continuations, divisionals, etc.

Contact: Martin Gomez
Types of Patent Applications