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December 24, 2009

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

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FRIDAY January 22, 2010
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speakers: Joel Williams, emLinux (Embedded Linux Design Services); and Tal Lavian, Ph.D., Innovations-IP (Patent Innovations Consulting)
Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: $49 for members of IEEE and other National Engineering Societies ($29 for Webinar); $69 for non-members ($39 for Webinar)
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara (limited to first 50); Webinar is on Internet
RSVP: Visit the EventBrite website

How well do you understand patents, the opportunities they create, and the risks that patents can create for your consulting practice?
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.
In this interactive seminar and panel discussion, you will learn:
â?¢ Basics you need to know
â?¢ Risks that patent issues create for engineering consultants (you as a defendant, you as a witness for a client)
â?¢ Intellectual property ownership and expert witness business opportunities that patents can create for engineering consultants
â?¢ How hardware and software companies, startup companies, and individuals can use patents to their advantage to protect their intellectual property
â?¢ Your clients’ objectives in establishing/negotiating patent rights with consultants who are technical experts
â?¢ The various parts of a patent and key issues to understand about each part
â?¢ How co-authoring patents enhances your resume
â?¢ Brief description of the patent process that can last for several years
â?¢ Brief descriptions of actual legal cases where patents have been asserted or defended in ways that impacted engineering consultants
You will understand:
â?¢ How to recognize intellectual property
â?¢ How patents are used and the patent process
â?¢ How to “read” patents
â?¢ Consultants and trade secrets
â?¢ Ownership of IP
â?¢ When you might own intellectual property to license to clients (not as often as you wish).? Or, when you might share in a client’s/partners’ patent (not as often as you wish)
â?¢ When it makes sense to write a new patent in your name
â?¢ Risks that your clients have associated with patents
â?¢ Risks that you have associated with patents
â?¢ Other opportunities that patents can create for you
â?¢ What questions to ask your patent attorney

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