INTERNATIONAL PATENT DRAFTING COMPETITION
The annual International Patent Drafting Competition, which is held at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional USPTO, takes place at the beginning of each year and offers student teams the opportunity to present their patent applications in front of a panel of judges comprised of patent examiners, practitioners, and several high profile guest judges. The competition is growing in popularity as we started out with just 4 teams in 2016 and have now grown to over 15 teams from across the United States and Canada.
Registration is NOW OPEN for the
Saturday, March 6, 2021
October 1, 2020 – Team registration opens
November 7, 2020 – Team registration closes
November 13, 2020 – Team invitations sent
November 16, 2020 – Invention statement released to teams
February 8, 2021 – Deadline to submit team patent application
March 6, 2021 – Virtual Regional Rounds – Regional Winners announced
March 21, 2021 – Deadline to submit National Finals team patent application
April 2021 – National Finals competition
Thank you to all those that participated in the 2020 Midwest Regional Patent Application Drafting Competition. This is the 5th year that University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Windsor Law have hosted the competition. For 2020, the competition was expanded to include all USPTO regions –Midwest, Rocky Mountain, West Coast, East Coast and Texas.
Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Midwest region competed remotely thanks to the Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark office having the technology in place to make this possible. Teams competed via WebEx and judges and USPTO staff were at the USPTO. We thank everyone for their cooperation and willingness to adapt. We hope to see everyone next year….in person.