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March 24, 2011

Mtg: What Every Inventor and Entrepreneur Needs to Know about Patents

by @ 3:25 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electrical/Power, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, NanoEngineering

TUESDAY May 17, 2011
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: David Dreyfuss, Moore Patents
Time: Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Ave., Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Nearly everyone thinks they have some idea what a patent is and what it’s good for, but do you really know how to use patents effectively for your business? This talk will explore the patent world from the inventor’s point of view: who, what, why, how, and when.
â?¢ A free-form presentation and discussion is planned with time emphasis on topics of most interest to the audience. Some planned topics include:
â?¢ Why patents? Patents vs. open source
â?¢ Patents as property: who owns them, and what can you do with them
â?¢ The differences between a patent disclosure and a technical paper
â?¢ The differences between patent examination and peer review
â?¢ Are patents a rich man’s (big company’s) game?
â?¢ Self representation vs. hired help: patent agents, patent attorneys, etc.
â?¢ U.S.-only vs. multi-jurisdictional filing
â?¢ The patent timeline and how to fit it into business plans
â?¢ Timing issues: invention conception, reduction to practice, conference or trade show presentation, talking to investors and customers, publications, provisional, non-provisional, and PCT filings, non-disclosure agreements, etc.; what has to come before what and why?
â?¢ After examination: interferences, re-examination, infringement suits, damages, appeals, licenses, etc.
â?¢ Consequences of new changes in patent law: patentable subject matter is redefined by Supreme Court, especially as applied to software and business methods; first-inventor-to-file is about to become law in the U.S. (U.S. currently has a first-to-invent priority system)

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