Jumpstart your career with LEAP!

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Jumpstart your career with LEAP!

Blog by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO



Over two years ago, the USPTO introduced the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP) to provide the next generation of patent practitioners with hands-on experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). LEAP is a career development program for patent agents or attorneys with three or fewer substantive oral arguments (not including pro bono) in a federal tribunal. Since the program launched, 135 practitioners have participated in LEAP arguments and more than 140 others have taken LEAP training.

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