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IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

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

Julian G. Pymento

Add to Calendar Jan/13 Sat 02:00PM-06:00PM 32-155

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

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Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies. We'll  cover  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 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?

Julian has patent experience at three different law firms in New York &
Washington DC, and holds degrees in electrical engineering, business, and
law from NYU. In addition to MIT, Julian has taught this seminar at
Wharton, NYU, and three universities in Singapore.


Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate Student Council, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Contact: Julian Pymento,