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IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program -UPOP

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Patents-Past Present and Future

Dick Schulze '67

Add to Calendar Jan/13 Tue 05:30PM-07:00PM 4-145

Enrollment: Unlimited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/13

UPOP Mentor Dick Schulze ’67 presents an entertaining look at some amusing – and some technological breakthrough – patents of the past, talks about how to get started on patenting your own breakthrough inventions, and takes a peek at the latest Supreme Court patent cases.

From San Francisco, Dick is an MIT graduate in electrical engineering and the University of Chicago law school. He is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado, Nevada, and South Dakota, and before the US Patent & Trademark Office. Following service as an Air Force JAG and as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Howard Turrentine in San Diego, he engaged in a general law practice in San Diego, later specializing in intellectual property. For 19 years he was with Hewlett-Packard Co. and its successor Agilent Technologies as Managing Counsel in Intellectual Property, supervising a staff of company attorneys and legal assistants in California, Colorado, Singapore, and Germany. Following his retirement from Agilent in 2007, he became Of Counsel to Holland & Hart in Reno.

Dick has two grown children and four grandchildren. When not practicing law, he can be found passionately pursuing his second profession as a snowboard instructor at Northstar California ski resort.


To register:

Sponsor(s): Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program -UPOP
Contact: Kate Moynihan, 1-123-B, 617 253-0041, KATEJM@MIT.EDU

Unleash Your Inner Company

John Chisholm

Add to Calendar Jan/27 Tue 05:30PM-07:00PM 4-370

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/27
Limited to 159 participants

You want to start your own business, but where do you start?  What can you do that hasn't already been done?  How can you build the self-confidence to take the plunge?  Do you need a co-founder?  When is the right time to raise money?  How can you scale your business?  Is starting a for-profit business the most ethical thing you can do?  
 This fast-paced, one-hour workshop will answer these questions and more.  You'll learn how to: 

- See dozens of customer needs in areas you are passionate about

- Recognize your many advantages for starting your business

- Assess the fits between each need and your advantages

- Overcome doubts and insecurities that hold you back.

This workshop will help you spend the rest of your life doing what you love, creating security for yourself, and making the world a better place. 

"Before [John's workshop], startups always seemed so distant. Now I realize I have all the resources I need."  - Ben, MIT class of '14

John Chisholm '75, CEO - John Chisholm Ventures ( has started two software companies in the last two decades.  Decisive Technology (now part of Google) was the first company to automate surveys online; CustomerSat (now part of Confirmit) was a leader in enterprise feedback management.  He is President Select of the MIT Worldwide Alumni Association, serves on the MIT Corporation Development Committee, and chaired the MIT Club of Northern California.

To register:

Sponsor(s): Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program -UPOP, Alumni Association
Contact: Kate Moynihan, 1-123-B, 617 253-0041, KATEJM@MIT.EDU