Seminar/Webinar: Patents for Engineering Consultants: The Basics, Your Opportunities and Your Risks

Friday, Jan 22, 2010 - 8:30 am


This interactive seminar and simultaneous webinar will run from 8:30am until approximately 11:30am, depending on the number of questions. It is the first in the CPP Intellectual Property Series. Future events in this series will focus on the consultant as an expert witness.

The webinar consists of PowerPoint slides on your screen, real-time audio through your speakers or phone, and the ability to ask questions via text chat. You will be sent instructions on how to participate in the webinar.

The seminar will consist of registration and networking, coffee, and pastries at 8am, and the program starts at 8:30am.

Consultants are at the top of their field. As such they need to know about intellectual property: patents and trade secrets. Patents provide opportunities for income and career advancement as well as responsibilities to help and protect your clients and yourself.

Join Joel Williams and Tal Lavian as they discuss what consultants need to know: What patents are and how they are used, infringed, licensed, and litigated and how to work with your clients on IP issues and perhaps get started on your own patent.

In this interactive seminar and panel discussion, you will learn:

  • Basics you need to know
  • The various parts of a patent and key issues to understand about each part
  • How co-authoring patents enhances your resume

You will understand:

  • How to recognize intellectual property
  • How patents are used and the patent process
  • Other opportunities that patents can create for you

This event is produced by volunteers of the CNSV Consulting Practices Program (CPP) to help its members advance their skills during these difficult times. It is co-sponsored by the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section and IEEE-CNSV.


About the speaker, Joel Williams, emLinux; Tal Lavian, Innovations-IP

Joel Williams has been a consultant for over 20 years, specializing in communications and embedded systems. He has developed communications systems for clients using a wide range of technologies including Wi-Fi wireless protocols and network switches. Embedded systems development has focused primarily on embedded Linux systems, and has leveraged Joel’s broad experience with other embedded technologies and Unix.

Joel has worked with standards organizations, and has established product certification testing programs. He also provides patent review, litigation support, forensic analysis and expert witness services in legal matters. Joel holds several patents.

Joel is currently Vice-Chair of CNSV. He was CNSV Secretary in 2007-2008, and was CNSV Treasurer in 2005-2006. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Tal Lavian was a principal scientist at Nortel Networks Research Lab and a visiting scientist at UC Berkeley Engineering. He identified prospective business and technology ideas, turning them to new networking products. He was the Principal Investigator for three US Department of Defense (DARPA) projects.

Areas of Consulting include Data Networking, Telecommunications, Network Architecture,
Intellectual Property, IP, IPR, Inventions, Patents, Innovations, Litigation Consultant, and Trade secrets.

He is a prolific innovator, co-inventing over 40 patents issued and pending. He is also the co-author of over 25 scientific publications, journal articles, and peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Lavian received Top Talent award and Top Inventors award from Nortel. He is a senior member of IEEE.


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