This skill-based course examines the core requirements and strategies for drafting and prosecuting a patent application before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (US PTO). The class brings in real inventors and US PTO patent examiners to give students a real-world experience of developing a patent, understanding patentability and building patent portfolios, and getting a patent application prosecuted through the patent office. Students will interact with real inventors and US PTO examiners to gain the experience of getting a patent issued — through interactions with an inventor to develop an idea and draft a patent application, responding to rejections and office actions from the US PTO after filing the patent application, through interactions with a US PTO examiner to interview the office action and getting the application issued. This course is open to people with technical or non-technical backgrounds — all you require is an interest in patent law. A solid understanding of patent claims and internal mechanics (which this class focuses on) will be very helpful experience and background for law students interested in pursuing a career in any form of IP/patent litigation or transactional (prosecution, licensing, etc.) practice. Elements used in grading: Students are evaluated on participation, in-class and take-home exercises, projects relating to the drafting and prosecution of a patent application and extended take-home exam.