Tech Transfer Central

Weathering the COVID-19 Storm: Supporting University-Based Start-ups and Protecting Intellectual Property

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: May 27, 2020

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Technology transfer offices and start-ups are used to operating in crisis mode, but the coronavirus shutdown poses a whole new set of unknowns, what-ifs, and other uncertainties. Most will feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for months and possibly years to come.  As a result, tech transfer offices and the start-up companies they support need to work together to navigate these choppy waters while protecting their intellectual property — for example, by taking advantage of various governmental programs such as the CARES ACT, modifying license terms and conditions, and conserving capital.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with esteemed attorney Tyson Benson and Senior Associate Director with the Office of Industry Engagement at Georgia Tech Research Corporation Mark S. Coburn for this 60-minute webinar that will discuss the critical issues TTOs and university start-ups are facing — and how to successfully navigate these new challenges.

Weathering the COVID-19 Storm: Supporting University-Based Start-ups and Protecting Intellectual Property

Topics will include:

  • Tips for helping your start-ups take advantage of the small business provisions in the CARES Act and other similar legislation
  • Best practices on how to approach revising a license agreement and how other institutions are approaching licensing, reporting, and milestones in this environment
  • Strategies for conserving capital by leveraging programs set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Planning for PTO deadline modifications and budgeting accordingly

Plus: Get all of your questions answered during the interactive Q&A portion of the program

Meet Your Program Leaders:

Tyson BensonTyson Benson
Of Counsel
Bejin Beineman

Mr. 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, he 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 and has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of: automotive systems, electric vehicles, blockchain technologies, machine learning, integrated circuit technologies, semiconductor device fabrication, software, hardware, e-commerce, telecommunications, medical devices, and the mechanical arts. He has drafted multiple claim sets that have withstood scrutiny during Inter Partes review proceedings.   

He also assists clients in managing their patent portfolios, performing due diligence investigations of intellectual property portfolios, evaluating the validity and enforceability of patents, and providing litigation support. Mr. Benson regularly presents on intellectual property related topics and has been featured in multiple publications for his insight on the nuances of patent law.

Mark S. Coburn
Senior Associate Director
Office of Industry Engagement
Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Mark Coburn is the senior associate director, with expertise in licensing, research administration, startups, and business development. He manages a large portfolio of inventions and acts as a mentor for intellectual property evaluation, patenting, and licensing. He has a multitude of experiences in technology transfer at four public and private R1-level research institutions during his career before joining Georgia Tech in 2018. Mark has a degree in zoology from Miami University and an M.S. in technology management from Pepperdine University.

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Bejin Beineman

Coronavirus update

In response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our customers’ efforts to minimize exposure through travel restrictions, at-home work, and reductions in internal gatherings for training and education, we are temporarily expanding our distance learning offerings to make all programs more accessible. Orders for all live programs will include up to five additional lines at no additional charge for staff within your organization who can attend remotely, and all live programs will include our digital package – the on-demand video and print transcript. These will be delivered soon after the live program with no extra fee. In the current climate resulting from pandemic control efforts, we hope these additional access options will help your organization continue to receive important professional education and training safely and regardless of travel and social distancing restrictions.   

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The on-demand digital package of this program includes the online video and digital transcript from the live program as well as the original program materials. Just choose your preferred format at checkout. A DVD copy of the program is also available as a $50 add-on.

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