MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017 Activities by Sponsor - Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

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MIT Fuse

Nick Meyer, Entrepreneur In Residence

Sign-up by 12/02
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

MIT fuse (formerly known as StartIAP) is a 3 1/2-week hands-on startup experience designed for students and small teams looking to work, think, and talk like an entrepreneur and start the path towards becoming a company. The program is:

During IAP, the MIT fuse cohort of teams all but takes over the entire Martin Trust Center. You’ll have significant time devoted to mentorship from our Entrepreneurs in Residence and learn from founders who are six to eighteen months “ahead” of you. MIT fuse will focus on:

Sponsor(s): Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Contact: Greg Wymer, E40-160,

Patent Law Essentials: What Scientists, Engineers & Entrepreneurs Need to Know

Stephen M. Hou (Course 6 alum), Chih-Yun (Steve) Wu, Julian G. Pymento, Ryan Hyunjong Jin

Jan/20 Fri 02:00PM-06:00PM 32-124
Jan/21 Sat 02:00PM-06:00PM 32-124

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Sign-up URL:

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies. This workshop covers the basics of U.S. patent law, including the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs in science, engineering, and business are welcome. We will discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.

Some questions we will explore:
• What is the difference between a patent and a trade secret?
• Which inventions are patentable?
• What are the "novelty" & "non-obviousness" standards for patentability?
• Why am I an author on the paper, but not listed as an inventor on the patent?
• What if I want a patent, but my co-inventor doesn't (or is deceased)?
• What should I do if my patent application is rejected?
• If someone is practicing my patent without my permission, how can I stop them?
• If I am accused of patent infringement, what recourse do I have?
• What questions should I ask my patent attorney?

The instructors collectively have patent experience at eight
different law firms in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San
Francisco & Washington DC; hold twelve degrees in physics, engineering &
business from MIT, NYU, Princeton, UIUC & UC Berkeley; all are pursuing law
degrees from NYU


Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Student Council, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Contact: Stephen M. Hou,