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Slk Tam #1179774 V1 Presentation

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Slk Tam #1179774 V1 Presentation

  1. 1. Protecting Inventions and Discoveries Presented by: Michael A. (Mick) Myers December 4, 2009
  2. 2. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY <ul><li>Patents </li></ul><ul><li>Trademarks </li></ul><ul><li>Copyrights </li></ul><ul><li>Trade Secrets </li></ul>
  3. 3. PATENTS <ul><ul><li>Protect Inventions and Discoveries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USPTO Issues Patents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Term is 20 Years from Date of Application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be Sold or Licensed </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. PATENTS (cont’d) <ul><li>Right to Exclude Others From Making, Using or Selling and Invention </li></ul><ul><li>3 Types of Patents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utility / Functional, Encompasses Majority of Patents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design / Relates to How Invention Looks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant / For Asexually Reproduced Plants </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. PATENT ISSUES <ul><li>Conception </li></ul><ul><li>Diligence </li></ul><ul><li>Reduction to Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Constructive </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recordkeeping </li></ul><ul><li>Prior Art </li></ul><ul><li>“ On Sale” Bar </li></ul>
  6. 8. PATENT ISSUES (cont’d) <ul><li>Patent Search </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Preparation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provisional Patent Application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Patent Prosecution </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Commercialization </li></ul><ul><li>Patent Enforcement </li></ul>
  7. 9. APPROPRIATE PATENTABLE SUBJECT MATTER INCLUDING: <ul><li>Improved Manufacturing Process </li></ul><ul><li>New Use for an Old Item </li></ul><ul><li>New or Improved Product or Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetic Design of Article of Manufacture </li></ul><ul><li>e.g., Boat Hull, Plastic Tumbler or Cup, Camper Shell </li></ul>
  8. 10. AREAS FOR COUNSEL <ul><li>Make application for patent (or not) </li></ul><ul><li>Protocols to identify/protect new products and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Steps and costs for U.S. patent protection / other </li></ul><ul><li>Opinions, due diligence </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor activities of others </li></ul>
  9. 11. CELEBRITY PATENTEES
  10. 12. <ul><li>Marlon Brando </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Gary Burghoff </li></ul><ul><li>(Radar from M*A*S*H) </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>Hedy Lamarr </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>Abraham </li></ul><ul><li>Lincoln </li></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Michael Jackson </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Samuel Clemens </li></ul><ul><li>(Mark Twain) </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Eddie Van Halen </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Lawrence Welk </li></ul>

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