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IAP 2016

Basics of Patent Law for Scientists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs

Stephen M. Hou, Course 6 alum, Chih Yun Wu, Julian Pymento

Jan/23 Sat 02:00PM-05:00PM 32-144

Enrollment: Advanced sign-up preferred; walk-ins allowed
Sign-up by 01/21
Limited to 60 participants

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable part of business
strategy for both start-ups and established companies.   
Covers the basics of patent law, including the patent
application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Intended
for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs in science,
engineering, and business. Examples from fields
ranging from computer software to pharmaceuticals. Discusses
the America Invents Act of 2011, the most far-reaching change in
U.S. patent law since 1952, switching the United States from a "first to
invent" to a "first to file" system. Looks at how notable Supreme
Court and Federal Circuit cases shaped patent law and what they mean
for inventors.

Some questions we will explore are:
* Why should I patent my invention?
* Which inventions are patentable?
* How high are the "novelty" & "non-obviousness" standards for
* What are the differences between a scientific publication, a patent, &
a trade secret?
* What if I want a patent, but my co-inventor doesn't (or is deceased)?
* How much do I have to disclose to obtain a patent?
* What do patent claims mean?
* What is the scope of my patent?
* What should I do if my patent application is rejected?
* What rights does my patent give me?
* What makes my patent valuable?
* If I'm sued for patent infringement, what recourse do I have?
* How do I find & hire a patent attorney?

Instructors are NYU Law students.

Seminar is oversubscribed and no longer accepting sign-ups.

Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, EECS Graduate Students Association, Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers
Contact: Stephen M. Hou,