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Intellectual Property Primer for Non-Attorneys

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: Thursday, June 3, 2021

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As discoveries make their way from the lab to marketplace, there are many hands moving it through the commercialization pipeline. However, one wrong turn and your IP could be in jeopardy. It’s imperative that everyone — from researchers to students to tech transfer staff — have a fundamental knowledge of how to protect intellectual property, how to categorize that IP for maximum protection, and what their role is in the process.

This introductory webinar will focus on the categories of IP and how to protect it. Each category is unique and has specific criteria to adhere to, and we’ll cover it all in this expert consult designed for faculty, students, and others who need a good working understanding of the IP landscape – and their role in it.

Intellectual Property Primer for Non-Attorneys

We’ve teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to offer a concise but comprehensive primer covering each type of intellectual property – how it’s protected, how that protection can be lost or endangered. Mr. Benson brings over a decade of experience, and he will dive into why it’s so important to understand how to identify each type of IP. Here is a quick look at the agenda:

  • An overview of the different categories of IP such as:
    • Patents
      • When and how to file a patent, what to avoid doing (or saying) before and after filing, and determining patentability of an invention.
    • Trademarks
      • Introduction to state, federal, and international trademark registration systems and common law trademark rights.
    • Copyrights
      • Review the fundamentals of authorship, ownership, duration, exclusivity, infringement, fair use, plagiarism, and permissions.
      • Trade Secrets
        • What constitutes a trade secret and how is it different from a patentable invention?
      • Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
        • What they are, and how they fit into the IP landscape.
  • Review of Bayh-Dole and the evolution of IP protection
  • When to disclose
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Pre-publication issues
  • Working with industry partners and other third parties
  • Licensing basics

Meet your presenter:

Tyson BensonTyson Benson
Of Counsel
Vivaqua Crane IP Law

Tyson Benson is a patent attorney with over a decade of intellectual property experience.  His intellectual property law practice is primarily devoted to the procurement, management, and protection of patent rights for his clients’ most important technologies.

As a patent attorney who began his career as a computer engineer, Tyson understands the importance of innovation and has the technical expertise to serve clients from virtually any industry. He has served clients ranging from start-ups to universities to Fortune 500 companies in obtaining patent protection in a wide variety of new and emerging technologies. Tyson has drafted multiple claim sets that have withstood scrutiny during Inter Partes Review proceedings.   

Tyson also assists clients in managing their patent portfolios, performing IP due diligence investigations, evaluating the validity and enforceability of patents, and providing litigation support.  He is also regularly involved in securing trademark protection, negotiating profitable licensing agreements, providing litigation support and conducting freedom to operate analyses.  Tyson helps clients frame their valuable intellectual property assets within the bigger picture of their total business strategy.  He is an enthusiastic advocate for his clients’ work and for safeguarding their assets through the approvals process and onto the open market.

Tyson regularly presents on intellectual property related topics and has been featured in multiple publications for his insight on the nuances of patent law.

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