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Trent English

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

J.D. 2004, magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law; B.S. Civil Engineering 1996, Michigan State University; M.S. Environmental Engineering 1997, Michigan State University

  • Patent Application Preparation
    (Formerly DCL 556) This course provides a structure and methodology for preparing a universal patent application suitable for filing in patent offices throughout the world. The course provides: 1) application drafting tools for implementing the requirements of Sections 102, 103 and 112 of Title 35, USC; 2) procedures in drafting the application to avoid issues raised in many litigated patents; 3) steps to be taken before actually drafting the application including inventor interview and searching; and 4) actual drafting of a patent application. An engineering or equivalent degree is recommended, i.e., the technical background required to take the patent agents examination to practice before the US Patent Office. PREREQUISITES OR TAKEN CONCURRENTLY: Intellectual Property Law OR Patent Law OR approval of faculty program chair.

Michigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, United States Patent & Trademark Office

Mr. English is currently a member and registered patent attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. Mr. English’s practice includes preparing and prosecuting patent applications, conducting prior art investigations, assisting clients with patent design-around efforts, patent licensing, patent reexamination and patent litigation. Mr. English specializes in mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, particularly medical device technologies. Mr. English helps clients protect and commercialize inventions in the United States and abroad. He teaches Patent Application Preparation.


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