Episode 4: Patent Prosecution Highway
Fast Tracking Your Application
Getting a patent is no quick process. In the time between filing and issuance, your application will go through several stages, often from multiple patent offices and with months or years between stages. The total process can take two to five years and sometimes longer. But who has time for that? Sometimes you need a patent, and you need it fast.
Luckily, there are some options for fast tracking your application. In today’s episode, Dr. Ashley Sloat, President and Director of Patent Strategy here at Aurora, leads a discussion along with our all star patent panel, exploring one of these options – the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and how it can significantly speed up prosecution between international jurisdictions with similar policies.
Ashley is joined today by an exceptional group of IP experts including:
Breaking Down Expedited Options
As was the case with the last episode, our discussion panel really jumps right into the thick of the material and in retrospect we thought it might be helpful for the not yet IP experts out there to set the table a bit. I sat down again with Ashley for a brief conversation to help set the stage for what the patent prosecution highway is, how it fits into the patenting process, and when it might make sense for you. We discussed:
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Topic and guest participant requests
If you’re an agent or attorney and would like to be part of the discussion or an inventor with a topic you’d like to hear discussed, please reach out.
For the visual learners out there, we also like to make our presenter slides available for your reference. This particular deck includes great visuals for PPH participating countries and a breakdown of the actual form for participation in the Global IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program.
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Digital Health Entrepreneurship Workshop
Please join us at the largest physician innovation event of 2021!
We are extremely excited and honored to be presenting alongside an incredible speaker lineup – delivering a digital health IP workshop at the InnovatorMD World Congress 2021, taking place both virtually and in the Bay Area.
About the Workshop
Time & Location: Monday, August 2 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM PDT | Live Webinar via Zoom
Digital health technologies are pervasive in every aspect of life and will likely be the future of improving patient outcomes beyond the clinic. Using patents to provide a competitive advantage for companies in this space has never been more paramount, but also never more difficult. We’ll discuss the generalities of the US and international patent systems and the specifics around patenting digital health technologies, including artificial intelligence, wearables, and machine learning innovations.
InnovatorMD World Congress 2021
The InnovatorMD World Congress event brings together physicians and health tech startups from across the globe for keynotes, panels, and workshops covering the current state and future of healthcare-related innovation.
Healthcare is going through rapid change. Physician Innovators and others are driving some of this through their innovations. This conference is a curation of the best ideas, experts, startups, and learning.
Time: Aug 02, 8:00 AM PDT – Aug 08, 12:00 PM PDT
InnovatorMD's mission is to globally advance the work of physician innovators and entrepreneurs delivering solutions that revolutionize patient care. They are a group of physician innovators from various backgrounds with a single vision - to spread physician innovation to the rest of the world and to have a positive impact on patient outcomes and physician wellness while moving the healthcare industry forward.
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SPARK.ed Patenting Series
Aurora is partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to deliver a three part SPARK.ed series. You've had questions around patenting and the SPARK team has been listening! We've put this series together to address the most common questions that arise from startups within the SPARK ecosystem. Our very own Ashley Sloat, Ph.D. will be the instructor for all three talks.
Check out Part 1 here: Patenting in the Early Years: A coming-of-age story
Part 2: Decrypting Software Patents
Key Insights for IP Success
Software is eating the world. It’s central to so much of today’s innovation, but in terms of patenting, it’s socially controversial and legally unsettled. We’ll discuss the dynamics at the core of both and what you need to know about the options for protecting your software-based innovation. We’ll take an international look at how the "world" views AI/ML innovations and also hit on particulars for SaaS and open source software considerations. From an implementation perspective, we’ll look at managing code ownership when outsourcing and how iterative agile methodology can impact your patent strategy.
Time and Location: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 11:30am - 12:30pm | Free Online Event
Patent Education for You!
To help reduce the IP barrier of entry for early stage founders and startups, we regularly make our talented staff available for speaking engagements at conferences, competitions, accelerators, and incubators. We also partner with groups like Ann Arbor SPARK, XLerateHealth, and InnovatorMD to host live webinars. Please reach out if you'd like to schedule a talk or workshop for your group, and see our Events page for a sampling of past and upcoming talks.
Ashley Sloat, Ph.D.
Startups have a unique set of patent strategy needs - so let this blog be a resource to you as you embark on your patent strategy journey.