McAndrews Attorneys to Participate in Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing


McAndrews, Held & Malloy shareholders Nabeela Rasheed, Ph. D., and George Wheeler, and partner Christopher P. Singer, Ph. D., are scheduled to present at Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) Advanced Patent Prosecution Workshop 2014: Claim Drafting & Amendment Writing, September 11-12, 2014, in Chicago.

The two-day workshop is organized into four technology sections: Biotechnology, Chemical/Pharmaceutical, Electromechanical and Electronics/Computers. By working in small technologically-distinct groups, attendees receive hands-on drafting experience under the guidance of experienced patent prosecutors. Speakers will provide individualized feedback on claim drafting and amendments and practical techniques for avoiding prosecution pitfalls. The workshop is largely organized into concurrent sessions that address;

  • Advance Specification Drafting Issues
  • Advance Claim Drafting Issues
  • Advanced Patent Prosecution Issues
  • Advanced Amendment Drafting

Dr. Rasheed will address topics as they relate to the Biotechnology industry and Dr. Singer and Mr. Wheeler as they relate to the Chemical/Pharmaceutical industries.

PLI has also arranged for other speakers to present on the America Invents Act and its implementation by the Patent and Trademark Office, including the new post-grant review and inter partes review systems.

This program is designed for private or corporate practitioners with patent experience who wish to improve their general claim drafting and amendment writing skills. For more event information, including a full list of speakers and topics, and to register, click here.

Nabeela Rasheed, Ph.D., is a legal counselor of choice for companies seeking to identify, protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property portfolios. To help clients minimize the likelihood of IP-related disputes, she regularly negotiates and documents robust licensing and other agreements. As a highly trained biochemist – and a patent agent for nearly 10 years before earning her law degree – Dr. Rasheed has an extraordinary understanding of the technologies, laws and regulatory processes that play a role in the marketability and success of agricultural, biological, medical and pharmaceutical products. She has extensive experience with opposition practice in Europe as well as regularly represents clients in patent reexaminations, inter partes reviews and post-grant reviews.

Christopher Singer, Ph.D., concentrates his practice on securing patent rights in life science technologies, such as biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. His experience encompasses patent prosecution and global patent portfolio management, including due diligence, patent validity and infringement, freedom-to-operate, technology landscape and patentability analyses. Among clients he serves are global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, national universities, international chemical companies, as well as start-up companies and individual inventors.

George Wheeler has counseled corporate clients for more than 25 years in a wide variety of patent matters, securing hundreds of patents in such industries as chemical, mechanical and medical technologies. His specialty is patent analysis, both for patentees and for opponents of patents, and prosecution and strategic development of high-value patent portfolios. His work also includes over 25 post-grant patent review proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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