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Protecting Your Innovative Research and Discoveries

The Yale Office of Cooperative Research presents an ongoing educational series featuring expert attorneys and staff who will discuss innovation and discovery protection in light of the patent law changes established in March through the America Invents Act.

Thu, Sep 19, 11:30 am-1 pm: Open Source Protection
AK Watson, 51 Prospect St, Room 200

Patent attorney James Morris from Wolf Greenfield will offer a seminar and answer questions about patent protection in academia and industry concerning software, big data and algorithms. Specifically, James will address the mechanism for dissemination and protection of software, including open source licensing, copyright, patent and trade secrets. Each of these legal mechanisms has both a public disclosure side and a commercial protection side. The talk will include topics such as: who controls the right to publish software, business considerations and costs, and different versions of open source licensing and the consequences of not complying. Pizza will be served! Send RSVP to Diane Altschuler, diane.altschuler@yale.edu. The event is co-sponsored by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and the Yale Department of Computer Science.

About James Morris: James Morris has over 20 years' experience in patent prosecution and opinion work in the electrical, electromechanical, computer, software and optical arts. He also works with companies and research institutions in the biomedical, medical device and bioinformatics fields. He represents a full spectrum of business entities including multinational companies, medium-size companies and individual inventors. James regularly evaluates other competitors' technologies and patent portfolios and advises clients on potential risks and opportunities. He has particular expertise in semiconductors, memory, semiconductor manufacturing, analog and digital circuits, optical switches, software and computer-related inventions. He also has a particular interest in business method patents and has obtained a number of such patents in the U.S. and abroad. James has successfully argued a number of cases before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences and has also represented clients in mediations and negotiations.

Thu, Sep 19, 1:30-4:30 pm: Office Hours with Patent Attorney Pat Granahan
OCR, 433 Temple First Floor
Email Pat Granahan at patricia.granahan@wolfgreenfield.com to arrange for a free consultation

Pat Granahan of Wolf Greenfield is offering open office hours to anyone in the Yale community with questions related to patent law, particularly in the biotech space.

Pat provides counsel, particularly in the areas of biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals, to many nonprofit academic, medical and research institutions, startup companies and multinational businesses. Pat has been in practice since 1983 and since then, has written and prosecuted patent applications and provided advice for protecting pioneering inventions in many areas of technology, such as gene therapy, signal transduction, gene activation, oncology, and transgenics. She has worked with the OCR and Yale inventors since 2001.

Pat has extensive experience in obtaining and defending patent rights in the United States, as well as in other countries, providing legal opinions as to patentability and inventorship, patent validity, infringement, and freedom to operate; and drafting and providing advice relating to licensing, technology transfer and confidentiality agreements.

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