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NorTech Innovation Talks: Become an Intellectual Property Insider


Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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NorTech Innovation Talks: Become an Intellectual Property Insider 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

JumpStart Inc.
6701 Carnegie Ave., Suite 100
Cleveland, Ohio 44103

Whether you're starting out or considering a new venture, your company's intellectual property (IP) needs to be protected. 

This workshop provides insights on important aspects of IP, including what is patentable, non-disclosure and joint research agreements, as well as what to do should you find yourself in an IP conflict. This session will be peppered with case studies and be highly interactive. So come ready to get your questions answered! 


1:00 p.m.                    Welcome      
                                   Dr. Byron C. Clayton, Vice President of Cluster Acceleration, NorTech

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.         What is intellectual property? 
                                   What is patentable and should you patent it?

                                   Presenter: Mark McDougall, Associate, Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP 

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.         Break

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.         Protecting Intellectual Property through Agreements  
                                   Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), Joint Research with Universities

                                   Presenters: Atossa Alavi, General Counsel, AlphaMicron, Inc. and 
                                   Jes Warren, General Counsel, Phycal, Inc.

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.         Break  

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.         Intellectual Property Conflicts  
What to do if you find yourself in a conflict

                                   Presenter: Georgia Yanchar, Partner, Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.         Break

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.         Panel Discussion:     

                                   Atossa Alavi, General Counsel, AlphaMicron, Inc.                                   

                                   Asad Khan, Chief Technical Officer, Kent Displays

                                   Mark McDougall, Associate, Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP 

                                   Jes Warren, General Counsel, Phycal, Inc. 

                                   Georgia Yanchar, Partner, Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.         Networking Reception     
                                   Open Bar and Hor's D'oeuvres Will Be Served

Speaker Bios

Atossa Alavi, General Counsel, AlphaMicron, Inc.
Atossa is the general IP counsel at Alphamicron, a leading liquid crystal technology company involved in research, development, and manufacturing of the world’s first flexible, LCD-based tinting technology, using their unique e-tint® electronic sunlight protection system for various applications, including military goggles and sunglasses, ski and sports goggles, motorsports visors, automotive mirrors, and solar powered windows. Atossa handles all aspects of the company’s IP strategy, including creating and maintaining world-wide patent and trademark portfolios; determining and developing a protection strategy for the trade secret inventory; working with the business development group on negotiation and construction of NDA, licensing, joint development, and supply agreements; developing an employee IP education and training program; supervising outside counsel; and managing the enforcement through contracts and litigation. Recently, Atossa taught a course on Intellectual Property Business and Strategic Planning as an adjunct professor at CWRU School of Law.

Asad Khan, Chief Technical Officer, Kent Displays
Founded in 1993, Kent Displays, Inc. is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of Reflex® No Power LCDs for unique, sustainable applications including electronic skins, writing tablets, smartcards and eReaders. Dr. Khan has primary responsibility for authoring the development framework for Reflex technology to meet the overall company strategic plan, directing a growing internal team of scientists in the implementation of the framework, and playing the lead role in managing various strategic relationships with suppliers and joint development partners. Dr. Khan joined Kent Displays in 1995 as a Research Engineer. He has since held roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as the Vice President of Technology and as a member of the Executive Committee. He has published over 60 papers in U.S. and international journals and possesses over 15 U.S. and international patents (with several applications pending).

Mark McDougall, Associate, Calfee, Halter and Griswold, LLP
Mark works closely with clients to find creative solutions to their IP related issues. He assists clients in strengthening their IP positions for product lines, developing IP for new products and building the overall value of their IP portfolios. Mark also works with clients to manage their worldwide patent portfolios. He further counsels on patent clearance and due diligence matters, including patent portfolio analyses and validity and infringement opinions. Mark’s litigation experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition and contract claims. 

Jes Warren, General Counsel, Phycal, Inc.
Jes Warren is General Counsel of Phycal, Inc., a renewable energy and products company based in Highland Heights, Ohio. Jes holds a B.S. in both Environmental Engineering and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. As a licensed patent attorney, Jes engages in all aspects of intellectual property management including licensing, joint research development, and crafting of protection strategies. She is also active in fundraising activities, contract drafting, resolving employment issues, and overall risk management. 

Georgia Yanchar, Partner, Calfee, Halfter and Griswold, LLP
Georgia is partner at Calfee, Halter and Griswold with substantial experience litigating patent, copyright, trademark and false advertising disputes for clients in various fields, including Internet transaction systems, software, medical products, pharmaceuticals and consumer products. She also regularly advises clients on freedom to practice projects, and enforcement and licensing of intellectual property rights. Georgia has taught as an adjunct professor of trademark law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and she is a frequent guest on the syndicated radio program, Entrepreneurs Club Radio.

Free Parking

The entrance to JumpStart Inc. is located off Carnegie in Midtown. Free parking is available.

Questions? Please contact: 
Grace Heffernan
Project Manager of Cluster Acceleration
Phone: 216-363-6882
E-mail: gheffernan@nortech.org                

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

If you cancel your registration to the event you will be refunded 50% of the registration fee only if you notify NorTech in writing at least one week prior to the event date. All written cancellations must be sent to info@nortech.org. If you cancel after this time period or do not show up, no refunds will be issued.

If you are unable to attend the event, NorTech encourages you to send a substitute. To send a substitute in your place, send the name, title and e-mail of the substitute to info@nortech.org. 



















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When & Where

JumpStart Inc.
6701 Carnegie Ave., Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44103

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EDT)

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