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Patent Seminars offers a variety of in-house workshops all of which can be customized to fit your firms needs. We are constantly offer new workshops so be sure to click below to learn more.

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Patent Seminars offers a variety of in-house workshops all of which can be customized to fit your firms needs. We are constantly offer new workshops so be sure to click below to learn more.

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Over 25 years experience  in the patent industry

Steve Shear, the president and executive director of Silicon Valley Seminars, Inc. started SVS in 1984 in Maui, Hawaii where he conducted a week long workshop on patents, trademarks, and copyrights for business people, technical people and general attorneys. At that time Steve was a senior partner at Flehr, Hohbach, Test Abritton & Herbert, an intellectual property firm in San Francisco and Palo Alto, California. After conducting many of these workshops offsite and for his own clients, in 1990 SVS introduced its two and three day claim drafting workshop for new patent attorneys and agents. Hundreds of these workshops have been conducted in-house and offsite through the years and in 1994, Patents and the Patent Process, a one-day workshop for patent secretaries, paralegals, and new patent attorneys/agents was introduced and, to date, has been the most successful and well received workshop. In addition, the two volume guide book which forms part of this latter workshop has been equally successfully received.

In addition to the specific workshops listed at this site, SVS conducts in-house workshops, customized to the needs of the customer, both in the United States and abroad. For more information about these in-house workshops contact Steve Shear at ( [email protected]) or (520) 825-8874

Global Institiute of Intellectual Property (GIIP) is the exclusive licensee of SVS books in India www.giipinfo.com

About the Instructors

sshearStephen C. Shear

A Former United States Patent Examiner, Steve has been practicing patent, trademark, copyright and other forms of intellectual property law for 40 years.

Prior to establishing the Law Offices of Stephen C. Shear, he was a partner at the Palo Alto law firm of Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) and a senior partner at the San Francisco patent law firm of Flehr, Hohbach, Test, Albritton and Herbert.

He is the executive director and founder of Silicon Valley Seminars and has been conducting patent workshops since 1984.

Steve holds a B.S. degree (electrical engineering) from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. He has been an Adjunct Professor and Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Colorado, School of Engineering, a co-founder of a number of start-up companies including Phiar Corporation and XenoPur Systems, Inc. and has served as an expert witness in patent lawsuits.

Steve is also a published Novelist, Portrait and Figure artist, and Sculptor. Most of his work can be seen at www.steveshear.net.

rshearRichard H. Shear

Rick, a former United States Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, recently retired as Chief Patent Counsel for Monsanto Company. During his 25 year career with the company, Rick had responsibility for Monsanto's most important product, Roundup® herbicide.

Rick has extensive experience in patent prosecution, especially in the chemical and biotechnology arts, as well as in litigation, including foreign litigation. He now has his own patent law practice providing legal services for all aspects of intellectual property.

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