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TTO Faculty Seminar: Patent Strategies and Technology Commercialization (a Case Study)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, noon to 1:00pm
Lunch available at 11:45
CU-Boulder, Koelbel 340

This “Patents 201” seminar will present a case study (based on a patented and licensed invention by Robert McLeod, an Associate Professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Electrical, Computer and energy engineering) illustrating how patent decisions affect commercial pathways for CU technologies.

This case study will help answer questions like:

-How do you know that your new invention is patentable?
-How can decisions made in the patenting process increase the value of your technology?
-How do commercialization decisions influence patent prosecution?


Robert McLeod is an Associate Professor in the CU-Boulder Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.  During his tenure at CU, he earned a prestigious NSF Career Award. Prior to joining the University of Colorado.  Prior to joining CU, Dr. McLeod served in a technology leadership capacity in small and large companies: JDS Uniphase, Siros Systems and Optoelectronic Data Systems.

Pat Boucher is a patent attorney with Marsh Fischmann & Breyfogle LLP. Pat was involved with the prosecution of this patent from initial filing through issuance, and worked with Dr. McLeod throughout the process.  He has worked with a diverse range of clients, including well-established Fortune 100 companies, start-ups in early and intermediate phases, and individual inventors.  Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Dr. Boucher was one of the senior professional editors of Physical Review B, the world's largest research journal devoted to condensed-matter and materials physics.  He has published numerous technical papers in peer-reviewed journals, wrote a chapter on legal impacts of nanotechnology in a widely used textbook on nanotechnology for scientific graduate students, and is the author of the book Nanotechnology:  Legal Aspects.  He has also lectured on  different aspects of patent law in different forums, discussing such issues as protection of financial business methods and the value of patent protection for academic research.  He currently authors the JuriScientia™ blog at where he comments on different topical aspects of the interface between law and science.



This event is free and open to CU faculty from all campuses. Lunch will be provided – please RSVP via email or at 303-735-6645.


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