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Through this program, we provide guest associates with a background in U.S. Patent Practice through training and in person prosecution support, develop relationships with Buchanan IP professionals, improve English language skills, and learn American culture through direct experience.


  • In-house education with lectures on U.S. patent law, U.S. litigation, and practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A sample list of lecture topics is provided below.
  • Personal training with experienced patent practitioners analyzing office actions, developing strategies for responding by presenting claim amendments and arguments to the Examiner.
  • Accompany U.S. patent practitioners on personal interviews with Examiners.
  • Attendance at seminars and workshops.

Sample of Lecture Topics

  • U.S. Legal System
  • U.S. Patent System Basics
  • Patent Application Drafting
  • Restriction / Election of Species
  • 35 U.S.C. §§ 101, 102 and 103
  • 35 U.S.C. § 112 (a) and (b) Written Description/Indefiniteness
  • 35 U.S.C. § 112 (f) Means-Plus-Function
  • Responding to Office Actions
  • Appeals before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Duty of Disclosure/Information Disclosure Statements
  • Litigation in Federal Courts
  • U.S. Trademark System Basics
  • Design Patents
  • Opinion Practice
  • Patent Office Litigation Practice


Accommodations close to our office are readily available with shopping and transportation close-by.


Guest associates will be able to attend:

  • Cultural Events: concerts, opera, ballet, symphony, museums, and local sporting events such as baseball (Nationals), basketball (Wizards), and hockey (Capitals).
  • Each guest associate will be invited to American homes for meals or parties.
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Federal Circuit Hearings

Resources for Our Guests