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Intellectual Property Topics (R&D, Software, Business Methods, Common Mistakes) by Pamela Banner Krupka of Krupka Law - (June 27, 2018)


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On June 27, 2018, Pamela Banner Krupka of Krupka Law, presented Intellectual Property topics at CRASH Space.
IP Agenda Topics Discussed:
- Achieving the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest
- R&D, innovation and patents
- Software and business methods
- Common IP mistakes of first time inventors
Pamela Banner Krupka of Krupka LawWith over 30 years of engineering and legal experience, Pam offers practical guidance to clients making decisions regarding their intellectual property. Her prior engineering work at Texas Instruments, Inc. gives her insight to real world factors affecting business decisions involving intellectual property. This real world experience, combined with her litigation, appellate and counseling background, enables her to provide cost effective, practical IP advice.

Pam managed the preparation and prosecution of global patent portfolios for Fortune 100 innovating companies, allowing her to provide guidance on what to protect and how to protect it, focusing on the broadest possible coverage in light of developing law. In her practice, she often acts as in-house intellectual property counsel, providing oversight, guidance and an independent perspective.

Pam also renders patent opinions, including infringement and validity studies, and serves as a witness when her opinion is relied on during litigation. She also provides clearance and right to use studies, and renders product design advice to avoid infringement. She has worked in most aspects of electronics, mechanical devices, software, bioinformatics and medical devices.

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Intellectual Property Topics (R&D, Software, Business Methods, Common Mistakes) by Pamela Banner Krupka of Krupka Law - (June 27, 2018)

  1. 1. Intellectual Property Thoughts Pamela Banner Krupka Krupka Law Group, P.C. June 27, 2018
  2. 2. December 22, 1935
  3. 3. “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8
  4. 4. R&D, Innovation and Patents • Why innovate? • Investor perspective: odds of return, scale of return, time to money • Patents: do they encourage or thwart innovation? • What if … • Causation vs. correlation • Startups + patents = jobs and economic growth
  5. 5. Software and Business Methods • Tremendous uncertainty • The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) – 2011 • Eligibility – specific improvement or abstract idea? • Software patents • Business methods – special issues
  6. 6. Common Mistakes • Thinking it’s obvious / not worth patenting • Contacting an invention promotion company • Creating your own “prior art” • Waiting too long to protect • Filing too soon • Over reliance on provisional patent filings • Not having a goal / knowing end game • Underestimating capital needs, time to execute, people & business issues