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Originally Recorded:
10 August 2011
Run Time: 90 Minutes

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Patent Protection, Trade Secrets, and Methods for International Protection (Webinar #3)

Webinar Series: Maximizing Innovation R.O.I. Through Intellectual Property Ownership, Protection, Enforcement, & Strategy

Speakers: David K.S. Cornwell and Michelle K. Holoubek, SKGF

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at patent and trade secret law, as well as general information about effective international protection options for protecting key innovation including patent venues in Europe, South America, China, India and Japan. In addition to clarifying the differences between patents and trade secrets and the requirements for securing protection of each, this presentation will focus on the following primary concepts:

  • Utility patents vs. design patents
  • What types of inventions are patentable?
  • Parts of a patent application and costs associated with obtaining protection
  • Patents and their relationship with "freedom to operate"
  • How to determine whether to file for a patent or keep a trade secret

What You Will Learn

  • When should companies seek utility patent vs. design patent protection
  • How to determine whether to file for a patent or keep a trade secret
  • The concept of "freedom to operate" and its relationship to patents
  • Dissection of a patent application and various costs associated with obtaining protection in the U.S. and around the world

Who Should Attend

  • In house legal counsel and other in house administrators of intellectual property
  • Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, and C-Level Executives of U.S. and international companies with responsibilities in the following departments:
    • Intellectual Property & Licensing
    • R&D Portfolio Management
    • Global Relations
    • Strategic Planning
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Compliance

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CornwellDavid K.S. Cornwell
David Cornwell is a Director at intellectual property specialty law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, where he heads the CleanTech Industry Group and the Patent Forensics Practice Group, and is also a director in the Mechanical Group. His technological experience is primarily in the areas of mechanical engineering and energy.

Mr. Cornwell specializes in patent litigation in the fields of consumer product protection, clean energy and clean technology, biotechnology, computers and related technologies. Mr. Cornwell has been lead counsel in over sixty patent cases, is known for his creative litigation strategies, and is viewed as a trusted advisor to Fortune 1000 companies headquartered around the world.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cornwell was Associate Patent Counsel for the University of California at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and worked as a Patent Examiner in the field of missile guidance systems.

HoloubekMichelle K. Holoubek
Michelle Holoubek is a Director in the Electronics Group at intellectual property specialty law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, where she focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patents. She has provided infringement and invalidity analysis in opinions, is active in many aspects of patent portfolio valuation and development of IP strategy, and has prepared reexaminations of patents as part of an overall litigation strategy in a variety of technologies.

Ms. Holoubek works with clients in a variety of technical fields, including: software development, telecommunications systems, lasers, photolithography, cryptographic messaging, semiconductor fabrication and devices, electronic design automation, biometric devices, implantable medical devices, catheter location systems, sensor communication systems, and various other electrical, optical, and software/business method inventions.

Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Ms. Holoubek studied physics with a concentration in astronomy at Louisiana State University, focusing her research on relativistic physics and gravitational wave technology.

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