Prosecution before the USPTO – A Comprehensive Course


This practice-oriented course provides a comprehensive review of the fundamentals of the U.S. Patent System, including the sources of governing law, the role of the USPTO and the courts, the statutory requirements for patentability, and important issues in patent preparation, prosecution, and enforcement.

Working professionals who complete the Certificate will obtain a valuable credential that can be immediately applied to their work or potential work in area of US Patent Law.

The course will also help your preparation for the US Patent Bar Exam.


The course is being offered part-time and 100% online. The seven-week course will be delivered by a team of experts in a convenient and flexible online format that allows participants to access coursework, recorded video lectures, assignments, discussion boards, and live engagement opportunities with instructors and classmates. Projects, assignments and case study documents will be provided in advance to all participants. Q&A session of 30 minutes at end of each session

Online classes will be held 2 or maximum 3 times in a week. Each class would be of 2 – 2.5 hours duration and the timing will be 9.00 AM – 11.30 AM IST.

Participants can expect to spend approximately eight – ten hours per week on coursework, including completing the readings, exercises, and engaging in online discussion with experts in the field.


Corporate Patent Counsel, Patent Managers and Engineers, Patent Attorneys from Corporate and private practice, all those involved with patent protection in the United States.

About the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, USA

For more than a century, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law has educated lawyers who lead with a commitment to the pursuit of justice, service to others and the highest standards of the legal profession. With a mission rooted in Jesuit and Mercy traditions, Detroit Mercy Law provides an intellectually rigorous education that combines theory, doctrine, ethics, transnational educational opportunities, and real-world experience.


The PG Diploma program is conducted by a team of international and Indian IP experts and practitioners. Practical knowledge and mentoring are a strong part of this training

All our team of trainers, mentors and experts will be drawn from one of the following domains:

David C. Berry is Of Counsel at Brooks Kushman PC, a 90-attorney intellectual property boutique firm in Detroit, Michigan with over 25 years of experience in patent law. Professor Berry is a Registered Patent Attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is also admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, and B.A.). He was an equity partner in the Boston, Massachusetts law firm of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, a 400-plus attorney firm with a national practice in venture capital and technology law, where he practiced IP law for 15 years. In private practice, Professor Berry has represented clients in patent procurement, licensing, and patent disputes, including in such fields as consumer products, biotechnology and biochemical engineering, semiconductor fabrication, computer devices, financial services, and e-commerce. He has been responsible for all aspects of patent and technology litigation, including bench and jury trials, Markman hearings, pre-litigation investigation, discovery, motion practice, and appellate practice, including successfully arguing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Since 2002, Professor Berry has been an educator and scholar concentrating on patent law and practice, and teaches courses in Patent Law, Patent Procurement, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property Law, and Licensing of Intellectual Property. From 2002 to 2014, he was a Director of the Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law at Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School, where he developed an extensive IP law curriculum, including a post-graduate program granting an LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law. He was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus at WMU in 2014. He currently is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School where he is responsible for the Wayne Law Patent Procurement Clinic, a USPTO-certified law school clinical program.

Dr. Sushil Iyer (formerly Sushil Shrinivasan) is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson. His practice includes all aspects of patent law focusing on domestic and international patent preparation and prosecution in a broad range of technological areas including mechanical and chemical engineering (for example, oil and gas drilling, completion, production and processing), mechanical systems and devices (for example, medical devices, tablet computer support devices, energy generation and conversion systems), consumer electronics and software, to name a few. In addition, Dr. Iyer’s practice supports licensing, drafting and reviewing a variety of agreements, due diligence investigations, preparation of patent-related opinions, freedom-to-operate studies, client counseling and strategic prosecution, including reexamination work. He is also a member of the Firm’s internal training group for licensing and intellectual property agreements. Previously, Dr. Iyer was a Technology Specialist and then a student-associate at Fish & Richardson before transitioning to the associate role. Before joining the Firm, he was a graduate research scientist with hands-on experience in technologies related to fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, microfluidic devices, nanotechnology, software, optics, electrical circuits, and imaging technologies.
Indranil Sarkar, PH.D., Principal in the Washington, D.C. and Boston offices of Fish & Richardson. His practice is focused on client counseling and strategic patent prosecution in the area of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Sarkar manages patent portfolios of clients ranging from individual inventors to Fortune 50 companies, analyzing innovative technologies, identifying scopes of inventions, reviewing related  patent landscapes to formulate protection strategies, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He handles several large multi-national portfolios, and is experienced in formulating unified prosecution strategies across the globe, including expediting prosecution in relevant jurisdictions via the PPH, ASPEC, etc. He also advises clients on effective commercialization/enforcement of intellectual property, including conducting freedom-to-operate studies to assess competitors’ IP portfolios, and formulating strategies to avoid potentially adverse situations. He also has significant experience in post-grant practice, particularly in drafting and prosecuting reissue applications.

Program Fee

USD 1550/ INR 95,000 + GST

The program fee covers tuition, coursework and case materials

GIIP is happy to extend discounts to corporate or firms that wish to enroll multiple candidates for the workshop. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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