Everything Utility Patents (UP).

All in one place.

  • Are you in the “UP” Corridor of Uncertainty? 
  • Which doors to open, when, and with who?  

We say everything patents, because the sole focus of our on-line course is on drafting and prosecuting Utility Patents. IP-BC does not cover Trade Marks or Copyrights.

To Be or not To Be? Getting a patent is a king maker. If the following 2 vignettes resonate, then Intellectual Property BoostCamp (IP-BC) is for you.

Define your reality? 

Bizarro world vignettes 

2 IP Vignettes to explore

Vignette #1

In TAKE1, picture Romeo and Juliet. However, in this version, imagine yourself as either innovator or patent counsel, where you take IP-BC's Orgitol potion. It gives you both new life as IP savvy partners, singing the same utility patenting language. Will you take the potion & share IP-BC's Universal Patenting Language to get equally organized, be  mutually understood, and get the gold ring?

 

Vignette #2

In TAKE2, picture Coming to America. However, in this version, picture yourself as either the immigrant with your own unique language or as the immigration officer, offering a pathway to citizenship. Not only which language will you share to achieve your goals...what citizenship values will you learn? Will you choose IP-BC's "patent speak" along with it’s complete set of UP Guiding Principles to achieve your pathway to PATENTSHIP.

 

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Learn About FOARs

In the FREE Starter-Kit, we uncover the Rude Awakening of Fatal Patent Office Rejections (FOARs) AFTER filing...and how The Schwartz Method (TSM), 3rd edition, with it's Universal Patenting Language and Guiding Principles navigate around the potholes. Includes eBOOK IP SAVVYs basic edition.  In 1/2 hr, learn ins & outs of FOARs and how to avoid them.

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Learn Universal Patenting Language (UPL)

Learn Guiding Principles (GP)

 

  • Full FOARs coverage
  • The complete eBOOK Utility Patenting for IP SAVVYS
  • Ensure everyone on the team is IP-Savvy
  • Rework your patenting workflow, and file more often, typically at Patent Office Fees

Focus legal fees on essential billables, reduce filing and prosecution fees by 70%, and lower post publication infringement risk.

Get your FREE Starter-Kit (no CC) --Or-- FULL Starter-Kit & Pathway to PATENTSHIP

Use our utility patenting Learning Management System (LMS) and our course LEVELS to transcend the patenting barriers you face on your journey down the corridor, "beyond the (MPEP) wall".

As you'll soon find out, there's a lot here. A lot of it is really FREE. Other content is offered in LEVELS based on your IP title, role, & tasking. These basic tabs explain IP-BC in more detail. 

Once on board, return here with access to our full LMS, special offers, and even more critical IP insights.

Control drafting & prosecution, where costs can more than double prep expenses. Apply IP-BC's airtight TSM patent drafting to lower your total outlay by up to 70%.

Use these tabs to learn more about IP-BC:

Role * The Schwartz Fatal Rejections Benefits Testimonials IP-BC Course FAQ's If you're ready, follow the lead of other IP-BC pros

Role and Point of View

Whether your point of view is

  • Patent counsel (legal) or

  • Innovator, CEO, owner (commercial)

Don’t use old, inefficient patenting workflows or fill out forms on any patent website with clever questionnaires promising completed applications. Apply IP-BC's TSM/BBT instead.

  • IP-BC savvy teams integrate patenting & product development
  • They keep Preferred-Embodiments as Trade Secrets until ready to file
  • They understand the semantics of a utility patent from a Patent Examiner point of view, not just the section names

The result? Their IP conversation is changed for ever

  • Innovators & Patent Counsel choose the tasks they’re best able to complete, with trust & clarity 
  • Innovators are more organized, understand the rubric, and execute critical events without stirring up a “hornets nest”
  • Tasks are assigned by skill, sequenced, drafted right-first-time, and filed first with sensible acquisition costs

As an innovator with an extensive utility patenting track record (see Schwartz)*, I share my hard earned patenting lessons in a set of MPEP compliant course LEVELS. Our sole focus is on keeping Preferred-Embodiments as Trade Secrets and drafting/filing airtight Utility Patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA). We do not take on IP clients or compete with patent counsel in any manner. We do not cover TM's, Copyrights or other types of IP.

Get Patents w/SCA. IP-BC is the only utility patenting course you will ever need

  • IP attorneys: take IP-BC/Patent Counsel Edition (PCE) and quickly certify in TSM
  • VC's and Business Developers, consider the opportunity to become AFFILIATE/PARTNERs
  • INNOVATORS choose the level suited to their IP role/tasking and contribute to a >70% cost reduction in the IP spend

Combine TSM with our Big Bang Theory  of IP capitalization (BBT) and integrate patenting with product development, draft the highest quality utility patents at the lowest cost...be first to file. 

 

* The Schwartz

Serious about patents?

We were too.

I spent the last 35 years on a journey down the "IP corridor of uncertainty" . . . opening every door inventing, drafting, filing, prosecuting, & licensing a portfolio of global utility patents.

David Schwartz, serial inventor, entrepreneur, & course author shares The Schwartz Method (TSM), "secret sauce",  for securing airtight patents: "I secured over $40m in royalty bearing sales, on 250 non-infringed claims, across a diverse set of inventions, using my TSM/BBT patent de-risking method".

Turn what you have into what you protect.

Origin of TSM & BBT

Born of Trial & Error

I developed The Schwartz Method (TSM) and  Big Bang Theory (BBT) of IP capitalization re-working and perfecting my method as "a matter of life or death" on dozens of  pro sea utility patents, across diverse subject matter.  In BBT, we go back in time and start at T=-5 . Then we work forward to the key event, Notice of Allowance @ T=0, when the “world begins”. It is the sequence of events we use to integrate TSM with the product development life cycle.

I filed globally, prosecuted my applications to issue, and licensed for royalty bearing sales. My best patents were de-risked from Fatal Office Action Rejections (FOARs) BEFORE FILING...so I documented my method!  

My promise: Using IP-BC, IP hunters like yourselves can create and and draft high quality SCA patents during product development, all at the lowest cost. 

Fatal Rejections (FOARs)

Why does any of this matter? Because it's not First-To-Invent, it’s First-To-File!

CLAIMING turned Upside-Down

THEN it was F-T-I , NOW it's F-T-F :  

  • THEN: Before America Invents Act (BAIA), it was First-To-Invent: Patents were filed with specifications but NO CLAIMS...they were "perfected" with new matter. Provisional claims sought priority on the date of conception.
  • NOW: After America Invents Act (AAIA), it's FIRST-TO-FILE: Getting your patent applications airtight, right-the-first-time, specifying & claiming the Preferred Embodiment, unambiguously, without adding new matter, avoiding FOARs in the final patent draft.

Understand FOARs

Dominoes set in motion

  • Black dominoes: Invent-Draft-File
  • . . . wait for Office Actions
  • Red dominoes: get the FOARs VERDICT
  • Will the chips stay black and fall in your favor?

It all depends on whether you de-risked for FOARs BEFORE filing and CLAIMED RIGHT FIRST TIME.

Rejections on (101) patentability, (102) novelty, (103) unobviousness come first. Rejections for specification, definiteness, and best mode enablement (111,112,113) will kill you. When everyone understands this, you're well on the way to changing your IP conversation.

Read more about my awakening, then get the free Starter-Kit that shares my insights. 

Embrace David's story 

“Rude vs Kind Awakening”

Myths or facts? Things everyone agreed on & the truth about office action rejections

(1) Everyone agreed it was essential to get patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA)

SCA patents have true asset value because they are de-risked from FATAL Rejections BEFORE filing. They publish with clean File Wrappers. 

(2) At the same time, everyone's IP conversation was a little different.  They had different, sometimes conflicting beliefs & IP GOALS for the purpose of SCA patents 

(3) IP hunters were ill prepared for the Rude Awakening of FOARs after filing.

Ensuring a KIND AWAKENING:

Everyone wanted patents to issue quickly and cleanly. CEO's expected them to offer sustainable differentiation, finance wanted predictable on budget spends, Innovators were challenged to create and pick the right Preferred-Embodiment (P-E), R&D/Engineering was expected to perfect the P-E at the lowest cost, IP Counsel was tasked to get monopoly rights, Product Marketing had to sort out the competitive landscape, and BusDev was charged with selling the "must haves". Conflicting objectives?

My awakening...would be patent owners could not align the team into the IP zone, explain how to secure SCA patents without embedded flaws, and connect on mutually agreeable objectives. They had no common IP language to address the issues with patent counsel. Worse, they had no real understanding of the true risk of FATAL patent office rejections during prosecution...not how to anticipate them or how to avoid them. And, all too often, they did not understand the scope of their issued claims (i.e. their monopoly rights).

Ill constructed Patents "rushed to the altar" showed every flaw in their prosecution File Wrapper. If not outright abandoned, they were weak in scope, easy to work around, and handily invalidated. A patent prosecution wrought with “potholes” resulted in expensive patents with little or no value. 

KIND AWAKENINGS were possible! Patent flaws that killed SCA COULD actually BE AVOIDED with my repeatable claim de-risking method...TSM offered an "engineering discipline" for integrating patent drafting with product development, turning utility patenting from an ART ( or worse an After Thought) to a SCIENCE. Further, IP-BC enabled all IP hunters to get into the IP-ZONE together.

 

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Benefits

Benefit: SCA patents

At lowest cost - highest quality

  • Preparation fees running $5,000 - $25,000 
  • Prosecution doubling preparation fees
  • Fatal Rejections & abandonments 

Lost time, questionable protection? ... Reduce total IP cost to publish by >70%.

Saving this much depends on getting everyone IP SAVVY, from CEO to innovators, with IP-BC. 

Benefit: The Village Effect

Common language vs Tower of Babel 

  • When everyone , from inventor to CEO we’re  "IP-Savvy", then
  • Patent apps popped out of the product roadmap
  • IP hunters used different tool kit components 
  • All contributed to lowering IP costs

They used TSM with BBT to integrate patenting into their Product Life Cycle. They were First-To-File (F-T-F) SCA patents on product delivery. They got critical differentiation and increased value.

Benefit: Shared Goals

"Got IP-zone"?

  • Even though each of their IP GOALS differed, 
  • By sharing the IP-zone, ALL "roles & titles", especially CEO found common ground
  • ...and TSM worked for ALL Subject Matter classifications with it's 85%-15% rule

IP hunters can take any LEVEL and upgrade as needed. Delivered in language everyone understands, BBT/TSM has tools for every IP role/task.

Benefit: IP lessons in plain English 

Using easily understood graphical metaphors & epiphany's

  • Is T=0 (Notice Of Allowance) a "light-switch" ?
  • Do you "Turn on NOA" & mint money. NO! Why not?
  • Epiphany: BBT "walks the talk" backwards to show you how to turn on the light switch

The course is delivered in readily understood language - not legalese.  "The Schwartz Method (TSM)" is clearly sequenced in a step-by-step, “how to” de-risk from FOARs blueprint that begins with the market-entry end in mind.

Testimonials

Endorsement from Bob Norton

Creator of CEO Boot Camp and why CEO's are choosing IP-BC's TSM

 

TESTIMONIALS

What students are saying:

  • A concise method to de-risk your patent process. A comprehensive and thoughtful utility patenting course.
  • I love it. Excellent. Having learned from structured teachers or teachers who teach with metaphor and structure, I think this program is great. Finally, somebody knows how to use metaphor and structured graphics to explain the patent system.
  • Years ago I downloaded a copy of the Manual for Patent Examining Procedures, and found it very heavy going in trying to try to understand the process of citing the operative structure of a patent. I found those concepts buried in civil service gobbledygook. Now, with the America Invents Act, everything's changed. This course helps me walk through the MPEP and understand the new rules. 
  • Wow! This is almost like boot camp. At least your're explaining it; there's no guessing. 
  • I wish I had this training back in 1970 I was doing consulting work for people; inventing things as well as inventing my own stuff. Eventually I had a hand all my work off to a patent attorney... I never owned anything. All I can say now is thanks to to the author of this program. 

 

MORE TESTIMONIALS

Patent quality/speed:

A company that was receiving substantial legal invoices from their IP counsel for services they did not entirely understand. Applying TSM to the software patent draft application, they "rewrote" it with counsel, carrying the burden of doing the revised draft by themselves. Together they converted an airtight UCD to a UC patent application(UCPA). The revised, MPEP compliant application was filed with a better chance of getting SCA, while saving thousands of dollars in both immediate and risky downstream legal expenses.

A licensing obligation: 

A start-up company used TSM to reverse engineer and analyze an issued patent they were being "forced" to pay royalties on. They deconstructed the published claims usingTSM and analyzed the Examiner's actions in the File Wrapper. By applying TSM to "re-read" the allowed specification, they were able to identify critical antecedent reference gaps for the issued claims...the university agent had expanded the scope of the claims with an amendment after filing that WAS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE SPEC...a no-no. Successfully showing their licensor that the patent was invalid, they secured a release from the university. Using the prior art, they secured their own SCA patent and were then able to sell their start-up for over 10 million dollars.

IP-BC Course Basics

Why we teach this course

Accelerate your utility patenting learning curve

When it comes to patenting, there's a lot of information out there. Where to look? Who to trust? Where does IP-BC fit in?  

  • IP-BC is the utility patenting course NOT TAUGHT IN LAW SCHOOL. 
  • TSM is the DNA of SCA patents. BBT is the journey. Learn TSM/BBT and  you will understand patents from the “inside-out”. Change your IP conversation, file cost effective, airtight,  and get them right the first time.
  • Secure utility patents with Sustainable Competitive Advantage (SCA). SCA patents avoid Fatal Office Action Rejections (FOARs) BEFORE filing, and publish with clean File Wrappers.
  • As a complete course with detailed outlines for every LEVEL, we wanted to get all IP hunters IP Savvy, together.

In the world of rule explanations and patent training, a lot more is said than done. Use IP-BC to get everyone "IP savvy". There is a LEVEL for every role/title/tasking from CEO to innovator/inventor.

BBT is unifying model

It joins R&D with BusDev

  • Ties R&D to BusDev at T=0
  • Aligns product introduction w/patent filing
  • TSM ensures SCA patents
  • Enables repetitive iteration in product life-cycle

Optimize your IP workflow, prioritize your P-E's, and build your SCA patent portfolio. If it's worth doing once, do it again! 

 

De-risk's FOARs

This is how we do it

Integrate TSM/BBT with product development. Stop filing as an after-thought with our blueprint:

  • Enable, Novel & Obvious (1,2,3)
  • Focus/refine Best Mode (4) 
  • Exhaustive search/redraft (5)
  • Iterative de-risking w/IDS (6)
  • File/prosecute DocPak (7)

Whether you're first to invent, TSM is how to be First-To-File. TSM makes patenting an "engineering discipline" by tying it's IDPAW, UCD, UCPA, & UCP into Product Lifecycle Management. 

A LEVEL for every IP Role/Title

CEO - IP Counsel - Research&Development - Inventors - ProdMkt/BusDev

Each IP-BC LEVEL has an eBOOK with ALL content.

All LEVELS are completely from the INVENTOR POINT OF VIEW. Augment your current legal perspective with Schwartz's critical insights. 

It's a complete course

Every LEVEL has an easy to follow road-map

  • On our LMS platform
  • Automatic login w/library 
  • Download at will
  • eBOOKs  have all content

Each LEVEL's "GPS-NAV" guide helps you thru by highlighting what's new 

Every LEVEL, including Starter-Kit, uses on-demand video content, story-board content, and an easy to follow learning format comprising:

INTRODUCTION, WTPOA (Worth the Price of Admission), RESOURCE LIST/PDF's, eBOOK, FUNDAMENTALS, WHAT'S NEW IN THIS LEVEL, BONUS/TIPS, WRAP-UP/WHAT's NEXT

FAQ's about IP-BC

How IP-BC changes your IP conversation

As an INDIVIDUAL or IP-Champion, turn your IP GOALS into IP OUTCOMES

WHAT is IP-BC?

In less than 1/2 day, apply 30 years of Schwartz's IP experience and accelerate your IP filings in days instead of months.

WHAT: IP-BoostCamp is a Do It Yourself Utility Patenting course for all IP roles & titles. How? The course is designed in LEVELS from Entry to Advanced-Practioner.  Use Schwartz's Big-Bang Theory of IP Capitalization & The Schwartz Method (TSM) to get 20/20 hindsight into how to prepare and file high quality utility patents @warp speed. IP-BC is for patent drafting in all subject matter areas because Schwartz designed IPBC using his 85%/15% rule. IPBC provides an  airtight method for filings that anticipate Office Action(OA) REJECTIONS by explaining "fatal" filing errors and showing you how to avoid them. De-risk your filings with TSM for lower IP costs and improved portfolio asset value.

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WHO is it for and WHY?

Select course levels from Entry to Advanced-Practitioner, as an INDIVIDUAL(Solo) or as part of a TEAM.

WHO: Schwartz structured IP-BC in LEVELS  for ALL IP roles & titles including CEO's, inventors, entrepreneurs, R&D leaders, manufacturing engineers, product/marketing managers, IP liasons, and inside /outside counsel.   WHY: Whether you are are acting solo or as part of a team, it's inevitable that  IP goals are inherently in conflict.  Get 80 more IP Intelligence Quotient points from Schwartz and see how to align IP goals with roles & objectives. When you do this you allow for increasing trust and dynamic stability in your IP workflows. Melding conflicting IP points of view offers new and more effective ways to file great, airtight patent applications . . . Enjoy all of the  "IP-AH-HA"' moments together. 

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WHERE, WHEN, & HOW

IP-BC is delivered in an innovative, easy to use on-line learning platform, 24/7 in your course library, with log-in access right here.

WHERE: Select a LEVEL in the store and your personal IP library is configured with just the modules you need.  WHEN: Log-in and work at your own pace,  24/7, on any device, from any browser, any where in the world. HOW: IP hunters are at different points in their journey, so the LEVELS have targeted designs. Entry is for everyone. Take the full length webcast featuring Schwartz's "Big Bang Theory of IP Capitalization". Intermediate uncovers "The IP Corridor of Uncertainty" and highlights risky potholes & workarounds. Advanced explains the ins and outs of TSM. In Advanced-Practitioner, apply your own IP with TSM's rubric in a 30-Day IP Challenge to draft an airtight patent application you can file. 

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FAQ: Importance of IP Counsel

  • IP-BC is designed to give key IP roles and titles better insight into their dialogue with retained IP Counsel.
  • Schwartz/ESERVGO does not engage in IP consulting or compete with legal counsel.
  • Instead, Schwartz offers the voice of IP sanity from an Inventor Point of View.
  • With critical insights from Schwartz, get 20/20 hindsight in your patenting efforts.
  • Use IPBC to re-order timing of prior art search and when to have your disclosures pipelined and vetted.
  • Make better choices about what to expect in each step of your legal workflow prior to filing.
  • Understand the costs behind each door down the IP Corridor, with sharpened IP intelligence.
  • With improved communication and utilization of all parties in the IP hunt, file faster and at lower cost.
  • Make your Patent Counsel and the USPTO work for you.

FAQ: Corridor of Uncertainty

  • What's behind Door Number 3 . . . Should I take it Monty?
  • Could any process be more confusing?
  • What subject matter area is my invention in and what are the precedents for IP allowance?
  • Where should I get IP advice and assistance and who should I trust?
  • Which IP "doors" should I open and when is the best time to open them?
  • Can I make better choices that maximize IP value behind each door?
  • IPBC knocks months off the IP learning curve in less than 1/2 day.
  • IP-BoostCamp improves your certainty and shows you how.

FAQ: Reduce IP Uncertainty

  • How can I develop more effective ways to navigate around the IP potholes?
  • Schwartz teaches from the fundamentals of the Manual for Patent Examining Procedures(MPEP)
  • His unique point of view as a serial inventor and entrepreneur shares trade secrets in ways that will optimize your IP skills and abilities.
  • Apply Schwartz's teachings to all your IP workflows and increase TRUST - the single catalyst for improved IP outcomes.
  • The lessons learned and taught spring from Schwartz's 30 years in IP with over 250 non-infringed claims in 27 utility patents on 15 inventions in diverse classifications and fields of use, including the seminal patent on a "surface computer".  
  • Every IP role/title will benefit from the insights shared by this gifted instructor.
  • This is a "tell-all / tell-it-like-it-is" course that will reshape and refocus your IP point of view.
  • In 1/2 day be more IP savvy, so you can ensure consistent creation and management of your patent assets.

FAQ: Lasting IP improvement

  • Spend 1/2 Day with IPBC-ENTRY & change your IP Point of View with Schwartz's "20/20 IP Hindsight".
  • Select from IPBC-ENTRY to IPBC-ADVANCED PRACTIONER
  • See the “IP Corridor Of Uncertainty” potholes to anticipate and navigate around, with IPBC-INTERMEDIATE.
  • Accelerate down the corridor at  lower cost with IPBC-ADVANCED  & the proven Schwartz Method(TSM 
  • Build a higher value patent portfolio with IPBC-ADVANCED PRACTIONER and the 30-Day IP Challenge.
  • Use IPBC to refocus, streamline, resequence, and accelerate core IP workflows to leverage critical IP events.
  • Be first to file quality patent applications, and realize the benefit of improved quality filings.

FAQ: Start as Individual(Solo) or Team?

 

  • Get from "I think maybe I should" to " I'm all in " by using the following introduction to align IP GOALS and EVALUATE IP-BC

If you're still unsure then . . .

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Change your IP conversation

  • Start with FOARs
  • Get a PEAK at IP-BC speak
  • Learn about UPL & GP

With IP-BC's Universal Patenting Lanaguage and it's set of Guiding Principles, you will be on your pathway to PATENTSHIP...from the inventor point of view.

Get one of the IP-BC/Starter-Kits

Some choose a Special BUNDLE

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Boost your IP skills as an individual or part of a team

If you are in a company with an educational reimbursement policy, then take 2 steps. In the Starter-Kit there is an IP-BC Value Proposition download that you can use for expense preapproval. Here's how:

From ToDo -> ToDone:

  • Step 1/Get your special bundle & download the preapproval form from the Starter-Kit (included) 
  • Step 2/Combine the preapproval form with your LEVEL Outline/Expense, submit to your company and get reimbursed

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