Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Tue, Oct 17 2006, 7:00 pm              Protecting Your Intellectual Property 1

Recognizing and protecting intellectual property created in one’s work is important for independent inventors, employees and consultants. Rights to inventions may vary from state to state, and may be modified by contract or agreement. Our speaker will describe the patenting process, and will address at least some of the issues associated with inventor rights during his tutorial on intellectual property law. There will also be a discussion of intellectual property, with a focus on patents for inventions. The requirements for writing, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and the importance of the written description and claims, will be presented. The importance of prior-art and possible bars to patentability will also be presented.

About the speaker,  R. Michael Ananian, Perkins Coie, LLP, Menlo Park, CA

R. Michael Ananian is a Partner at Perkins Coie, LLP, in Menlo Park, CA. He specializes in intellectual property and patent strategic counseling, as well as patent, trademark and copyright procurement. He has worked extensively with inventions in the semiconductor, computer, software, communications, medical and mechanical device, e-commerce and Internet fields. He is an IEEE member, and has Bachelors and Masters degrees in EE.

Location: KeyPoint Credit Union

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