What Every PI Needs to Know About Laws on Intellectual Property and Patents

On-Demand Webinar. Available in CD, MP3 and PDF Transcript.

You could be sitting on a potential gold mine!

It’s right under your nose, in the form of intellectual property created by you & your lab. Don’t let your invention representing millions in potential revenue sit idle simply because you aren’t aware of IP & patent protection laws and other key aspects of moving innovations from your lab to the market.

Extracting science from your lab and getting discoveries is hard enough, but understanding the patent & IP maze is an even tougher challenge.

Like most researchers, you might be overwhelmed by questions like; are my discoveries patent-eligible? Should they be? How can I best protect my IP? Who owns my IP? Nationally-recognized patent and intellectual property attorney Howard B. Rockman, JD, will answer these questions and many more in a timely 90-minute on-demand conference.

Take-Away Benefits:

Step-by-step approach to qualify your “innovation” as your “invention”. Attain expert tips to define your “invention” as patent-eligible.

• Implications of the U.S. Patent system for PIs: Cut through the confusing legal jargon and protect your rights!

• Run-down of vital evidence for categorizing your discovery. If you don’t know how to categorize your invention, you won’t be able to protect it.

• Ownership of patent rights - - You? Your University/Institution? The Government Funding Agency? After you’ve developed your invention, get the low-down on ownership.

• Take the guesswork out of patent royalties: do you, the PI, receive any monetary recognition for your innovation?


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Featured Presenter:

Howard B. Rockman is a registered patent and intellectual property attorney with an office in Chicago, Illinois. His 45 years of experience covers all phases of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, including the preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications, and litigation of patent and other intellectual property disputes. Howard also counsels clients in all aspects of patent and intellectual property law, including licensing of intellectual property and avoidance of infringement of the intellectual property of others. He is a frequent lecturer on patent and related topics to both the legal and technology communities. He is also a former Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition to his law practice, Howard is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Engineering, where he teaches two online courses: “Engineering Law” and “Intellectual Property Law for Engineers.” He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Intellectual Property Law Department at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he has taught a course on “Patent Practice and Planning” for the past 22 years. Howard has also authored two texts that are used in these courses: “Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists,” IEEE/John Wiley & Sons, 2004; and “The Practice of Intellectual Property Law,” Chicago Law Bulletin Co., 1995.

This On-demand presentation is brought to you as training tools by the Principal Investigators Association, which is an independent organization. All views expressed are those personally held by the presenter and are not official government policies or opinions.Further, the information is not legal advice. You should contact a legal professional for guidance regarding your individual circumstances.