Hantel Technologies is pleased to announce the next seminar in the 2012 – 2013 Hantel Tech webinar series:
Freedom-to-Operate, Competitive Intelligence, and Using Your Competitor's Intellectual Property Information to Advance Your Position
Speakers: Erik Milch and John Mills (Cooley LLP)
Date: Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM PST
Location: Hantel Technologies | 703 Sandoval Way | Hayward, CA
The first 30 minutes will be used as a networking session, and the seminar will begin at noon. The webinar link will be sent out the morning before the event.
You are cordially invited to attend in person at Hantel Tech (lunch provided / limited number of seats), to join live via Webinar, or to view at a later date (links will provided to registrants and to those who request notification). Please register on Event Brite for this free seminar - and select how you would like to participate.
In the medical device industry, crowded fields of innovators often find themselves pursuing similar paths for improving existing technologies. Thus, obtaining patent protection on the innovations is a key part of the business strategy for medical device start-up companies. Now, more than ever, it is also important that medical device innovators be aware of the intellectual property assets of their competitors, customers and potential partners. During this discussion, we will share case studies in how obtaining such information can change the course of direction for companies in the medical device industry. We will also discuss how the recently-passed America Invents Act may come into play in developing a patent intelligence strategy.
Erik Milch is a partner in the Patent Counseling & Prosecution practice group and a member of the Cooley Litigation department. He joined the Firm in 2000 and maintains offices in the Reston and Palo Alto office. Erik's practice focuses on the representation of clients in connection with strategic patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation. Erik is well-versed in many technical areas, and has extensive experience in the medical device industry.
He has been recognized as one of the top patent attorneys in the country on multiple occasions. In 2012, he was selected to Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 list, an honor that recognizes the best IP and licensing attorneys in the world. His clients find he "always demonstrates superior technical knowledge and "has an innate ability to meet client needs." The Washingtonian also honored Mr. Milch in 2011, when it selected him for its exclusive "Top Lawyers" list, a who's-who for the top attorneys in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.
Erik received his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1993 where he was the Naval Reserve Officer Association Honor Graduate. He received his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in 1999. Prior to law school, he was a U.S. Naval Officer. During his tenure with the Navy, he served as a Naval Aviation Support Officer at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Keflavik, Iceland and with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron One in Patuxent River, Maryland.
John Mills is an associate in the Patent Counseling and Prosecution practice group and a member of the Cooley Litigation department. He joined the Firm in 2005 and is resident in the Reston office. John’s practice focuses on the representation of various clients in connection with strategic patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation. He represents clients in a wide range of technological areas, and has a specific focus on the medical device industry.
John received his law degree from the William and Mary School of Law in 2005, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1991 and a BS from Virginia Tech in 1990. Before joining Cooley, he worked as a product design and development engineer for over eleven years. During his engineering career, John published multiple journal articles and was awarded four patents.
Since 2007, Hantel Tech has hosted a webinar series forum for the medical device community in the Bay Area generally on the fourth Thursday (noon) of each month. Please feel free to peruse former seminars in the series available via the hanteltech.com website and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When & Where
Hantel was founded in 1999 with a vision of a company that would bring medical devices to market, with all services provided under one roof. Since then, Hantel has become a leader in contract design and manufacturing, having developed hundreds of products for a wide array of applications. Hantel retains a highly qualified and diverse workforce with expertise in all aspects of medical device development and manufacturing. Located near the heart of Silicon Valley, Hantel is convenient and accessible to a wide array of device and bio-tech firms. Providing fast and flexible service, Hantel was built to meet your needs.