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UC Irvine Extension Offers New Online Course in Patent Law and Procedure: Preparation, Prosecution, and Beyond

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Irvine, CA -- The University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the availability of a new online course titled, “Patent Law and Procedure: Preparation, Prosecution and Beyond” for the upcoming Winter quarter. Course instructor, Jason Far-hadian, Esq., will offer critical knowledge and provide a comprehensive plan on how to prepare, draft, file and prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Although the course is designed for paralegals, CEOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, inventors, attorneys and professionals that manage or oversee the patent application process for a company, participants in all fields will also benefit from the practical skills taught in this course. With registration taking place now, the eight-week intensive course begins on Jan. 13, 2011.

“Companies need to be aware of the consequences of not having the right protections in place for new technologies and innovations,” said Tom Pokladowski, Esq., program director of UC Irvine Extension paralegal and legal programs. “In such a competitive business environment, companies that are updated on the latest patent law details are the ones that have an upper hand and will succeed.”

Participants taking the course will gain insights on the means, procedures and standards of communication with the U.S. Patent Office. Other topics that will be covered include: fundamentals of patent law, emerging issues in the field of patent law in domestic and international forums, pitfalls to avoid while prosecuting a patent applications and timeliness and strategy for preparing and filing a response to a rejection. At the end of the course, students will understand how a patent application is drafted, filed and prosecuted toward a successful grant.

Course instructor, Far-hadian, is a member of the California Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is also a managing partner at Century IP Group, a company that provides client counseling in all aspects of intellectual property law with an emphasis on prosecution and management of domestic and international patent and trademark portfolios for emerging and Fortune 500 companies. Far-hadian received his juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in 1995 and a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science and engineering in 1992.

“Patent Law and Procedure: Preparation, Prosecution and Beyond” is offered as an elective course in UC Irvine Extension’s American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate Program.

For more information on the new course or to register online, please visit or call 949-824-5414.

About UC Irvine Extension

As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies via online curriculum as well as through on campus classes. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of academic programs to numerous campus activities. For more information, please visit or fan the school at

About the University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit

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