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IP 101: Protecting Your Intellectual Property as Your Business Grows
Networking & Coffee at 7:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at 8:00 a.m.
What exactly is intellectual property, and how does it affect you and your business? Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and brands and symbols. Each form of intellectual property is protected by exclusive rights granted under the law: patents protect inventions; copyrights protect literary and artistic works; and trademarks protect brands, symbols, and names.
It is critical for all companies, including small business and technology companies, to protect their IP from the start. This seminar will provide an overview of the basics of intellectual property, how to protect your business’s IP, and how to develop and maintain an advantage over competitors.
Executives attending this briefing will learn what type of subject matter is protectable through each type of intellectual property, How to apply for IP protection, and The benefits of securing IP protection
Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group Partner (Pittsburgh)
Alan G. Towner is a Partner with Leech Tishman and Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He is also a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Alan is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Alan began his career as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, specializing in mechanical areas of technology. He also has experience as a research associate and patent attorney in the aerospace industry, where he handled diverse technologies including metal alloys, composites and ceramics. In private practice since 1992, Alan has dealt with a broad range of technologies in the chemical, material, medical, mechanical, data storage, electronic devices and nano-technology areas.
Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group (Pittsburgh)
Alicia M. Passerin-Hunt, Ph.D. is a Partner with Leech Tishman and a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation Practice Groups. Alicia is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office, where she focuses her practice on patent prosecution, protection of trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, licensing, opinions and litigation. Alicia’s multi-disciplinary background provides her with the ability to counsel clients in the life sciences and in the chemical, biotechnical, mechanical, and software engineering fields.
Prior to attending law school, Alicia was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neuroscience, where her training was in the field of Neurobiology with subspecialty training in the fields of Neuroanatomy, Cardiovascular Physiology, and Immunology. During law school, Alicia was an intern for the late Judge Carol Los Mansmann in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and an extern at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Technology Management.