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Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies alike. This webinar series prepares scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs for dealing with the patent issues they will face as innovators. The series spans a wide variety of topics in patent law, including claims, inventorship, patentability requirements, the patent application process, prosecution, post-grant proceedings, litigation, and licensing. Although the focus will be on US law, some topics are enhanced with the laws of other jurisdictions as well. We discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.
Patent Strategy for Entrepreneurs: Fall 2020 Webinar Series @ MIT
Hosted by MIT Graduate Student Council
Start:Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDT
End:Monday, December 14, 2020 8:30 PM EST / 05:30 PM PST

Recording passcode: #MIT2020

This is a weekly series of one-hour webinars broadcast on Monday evenings Eastern Time

DateTopicDescriptionRecording
Monday, September 21, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDTGeneral Introduction to PatentsStartups often ask why they should patent their innovations and how they should begin to learn patent laws and procedures. This session discusses the rationale for the existence of patents, compares patents to trade secrets, and outlines the legal framework that governs patents. Finally, motivation for the topics covered in the series will be provided. Goals: – Know what patents are and how they compare to trade secrets. – Understand the legal framework that governs patents. – Explore a roadmap of the topics covered in the series.Watch
Passcode: #MIT2020
Monday, September 28, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDTClaims, Inventorship, Ownership & Patent RightsStartups often find it difficult to understand patent claim language and to sort out complex inventorship and ownership issues on their patents. This session discusses how patent claims work, the law regarding inventorship and ownership, and the scope of patent rights. Goals: – Read a patent claim and understand its scope. – Identify the factors that determine whether someone qualifies as a co-inventor or co-owner on a patent. – Prevent or mitigate potential disputes regarding inventorship or ownership of patents.Watch
Passcode: #MIT2020
Monday, October 5, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDTPatentability Requirements I: 101 (Subject Matter Eligibility) & 112 (Sufficiency of Disclosure)Startups often ask whether their technology qualifies for patent protection, and if so, how much they must disclose in the patent application. This session discusses the patentability requirements from 35 USC 101 (patentable subject matter) and 35 USC 112 (sufficiency of disclosure). Goals: – Identify categories of inventions that are disqualified from patent protection. – Develop strategies for crafting claim scope to deal with abstract ideas, laws of nature, or natural phenomena issues. – Evaluate how much to disclose in a patent application.Watch
Passcode: #MIT2020
Monday, October 19, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDTPatentability Requirements II: 102 (Novelty)Startups often ask how innovative their invention must be in order to qualify for patent protection and when the appropriate time in their R&D cycle to apply for patents would be. This session discusses the patentability requirements from 35 USC 102 (novelty). Goals: – Identify potential prior art events that would disqualify an invention from patent protection. – Understand the appropriate steps inventors must take to maintain the novelty of their invention. – Determine a suitable timeframe to apply for patents.Watch
Passcode: #MIT2020
Monday, October 26, 2020 7:30 PM EDT / 04:30 PM PDTPatentability Requirements III: 103 (Non-Obviousness)Startups often ask how non-obvious their invention must be in order to qualify for patent protection. This session discusses the patentability requirements from 35 USC 103 (non-obviousness). Goals: – Understand and apply the standards the patent office and the federal courts use to gauge the non-obviousness of inventions. – Develop strategies for overcoming claim rejections due to obviousness.Watch
Passcode: #MIT2020
Monday, November 2, 2020 7:30 PM EST / 04:30 PM PSTApplication Process & Prosecution IStartups often ask how the patent application process works and how to deal with their applications being rejected. This session discusses the US patent application process and prosecuting applications. Goals: – Understand the patent application process. – Abide by the ethics associated with being an inventor or applicant.
Monday, November 16, 2020 7:30 PM EST / 04:30 PM PSTApplication Process & Prosecution IIStartups often ask about other inventors' experiences dealing with the patent office. This session discusses case studies of various US patent applications undergoing examination and prosecution. Goals: – Learn from the experience of other inventors. – Appreciate the strategy involved in patent prosecution.
Monday, November 23, 2020 7:30 PM EST / 04:30 PM PSTPost-Grant ProceedingsStartups often ask how the validity of their patents may be challenged by others. This session discusses how these procedures work in the US Patent & Trademark Office (post-grant proceedings). Goals: – Understand the various avenues by which the validity of a patent may be challenged. – Evaluate the pros and cons of these various avenues.
Monday, December 7, 2020 7:30 PM EST / 04:30 PM PSTLitigationStartups often ask how the validity of their patents may be challenged by others and how they may enforce their patents against alleged infringers. This session discusses how these procedures work in the US federal courts (litigation) and what elements constitute patent infringement. We will also discuss defenses to and remedies for patent infringement. Goals: – Appreciate the strategy involved in patent litigation. – Develop strategies for crafting a strong patent application with an eye towards potential litigation later.
Monday, December 14, 2020 7:30 PM EST / 04:30 PM PSTLicensing & Business ConsiderationsStartups often ask how they may generate revenue from their patents. This session discusses the laws that govern patent licensing deals and the relationship between patent portfolios and company valuation. Goals: – Identify the relevant factors in negotiating a favorable patent licensing deal. – Appreciate the value that patents provide to make a business more attractive to investors.
Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies alike. This webinar is an overview of how patents work, and covers the basics of U.S. patent law, including inventorship, patentability, the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. We will discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.
Hosted by MIT Chinese Entrepreneurs Energy Community & Battery Bridge
Start:Thursday, August 20, 2020 6:00 PM EDT / 03:00 PM PDT
End:Thursday, August 20, 2020 8:00 PM EDT / 05:00 PM PDT

Startups often find it difficult to understand patent claim language and to sort out complex inventorship and ownership issues on their patents. This session discusses how patent claims work, the law regarding inventorship and ownership, and the scope of patent rights. By the end of this webinar, you should be able to: – Read a patent claim and understand its scope. – Identify the factors that determine whether someone qualifies as a co-inventor or co-owner on a patent. – Prevent or mitigate potential disputes regarding inventorship or ownership of patents.
Hosted by Venture Cafe Cambridge
Start:Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:00 PM EDT / 02:00 PM PDT
End:Thursday, August 13, 2020 6:00 PM EDT / 03:00 PM PDT

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies alike. This webinar is an overview of how patents work, and covers the basics of U.S. patent law, including inventorship, patentability, the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. We will discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.
Hosted by MIT Chinese Entrepreneurs
Start:Wednesday, July 15, 2020 7:00 PM EDT / 04:00 PM PDT
End:Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:00 PM EDT / 06:00 PM PDT

Startups often ask how the patent application process works and how to deal with their applications being rejected. In this seminar, we will discuss the US patent application process and prosecuting applications.
Hosted by Venture Cafe Cambridge
Start:Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM PDT
End:Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:00 PM EDT / 01:00 PM PDT

Startups often ask how the validity of their patents may be challenged by others, how they may enforce their patents against alleged infringers, and how they may generate revenue from their patents. In this webinar, we will discuss how these procedures work in the US Patent & Trademark Office (post-grant proceedings) and in the federal courts (litigation), as well as the laws that govern patent licensing deals.
Hosted by Newlab
Start:Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 09:00 AM PDT
End:Wednesday, July 1, 2020 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT

Recording passcode: Newlab

Startups often ask whether their technology qualifies for patent protection, and if so, when the appropriate time in their R&D cycle to apply for patents would be and how much to disclose in their applications. In this seminar, we will discuss the patentability requirements (including patentable subject matter, novelty, non-obviousness, and sufficiency of disclosure).
Hosted by Taiwanese American Professionals
Start:Wednesday, June 24, 2020 8:00 PM EDT / 05:00 PM PDT
End:Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:30 PM EDT / 06:30 PM PDT

Recording passcode: TAP#2020

Patent protection for inventions is a valuable component of business strategy for startups and established companies alike. This webinar is an overview of how patents work, and covers the basics of U.S. patent law, including inventorship, patentability, the patent application process, prosecution, litigation, and licensing. We will discuss what recent developments in patent law mean for inventors, and draw examples ranging from the computer software to the pharmaceutical industries.
Hosted by MIT Club of Princeton
Start:Tuesday, June 16, 2020 7:00 PM EDT / 04:00 PM PDT
End:Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:00 PM EDT / 05:00 PM PDT

Recording passcode: MIT2020!

Startups often ask whether their technology qualifies for patent protection, and if so, when the appropriate time in their R&D cycle to apply for patents would be and how much to disclose in their applications. In this seminar, we will discuss the patentability requirements (including patentable subject matter, novelty, non-obviousness, and sufficiency of disclosure).
Patent Strategies for Entrepreneurs: What is Patentable? What Must I Disclose and When?
Hosted by Venture Cafe Cambridge
Start:Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:00 PM EDT / 02:00 PM PDT
End:Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:00 PM EDT / 03:00 PM PDT

Startups often ask how the validity of their patents may be challenged by others, how they may enforce their patents against alleged infringers, and how they may generate revenue from their patents. In this seminar, we will discuss how these procedures work in the US Patent & Trademark Office (post-grant proceedings) and in the federal courts (litigation), as well as the laws that govern patent licensing deals.
Patent Strategies for Entrepreneurs: Post-Grant Proceedings, Litigation & Licensing
Hosted by Venture Cafe Cambridge
Start:Thursday, May 14, 2020 5:00 PM EDT / 02:00 PM PDT
End:Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:00 PM EDT / 03:00 PM PDT

Startups are often unclear on what technology qualifies for patent protection, especially when it comes to software and life science innovations. American Patent Agency PC—an MIT-trained team focused on drafting, filing, and prosecuting U.S. patents for tech startups—will cover what to consider when applying for patents, as well as recent developments for patent eligibility in specific fields.
Patent Eligibility for Entrepreneurs: Understanding Patentable Subject Matter
Hosted by Newlab
Start:Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:00 PM EDT / 09:00 AM PDT
End:Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:00 PM EDT / 10:00 AM PDT

Recording passcode: Newlab

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