Seminar on Patenting Process

The USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) will present the first of two seminars on the patenting process, "Your Competitive Advantage: The Basics of Intellectual Property Protection," Friday, April 22, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in C.W. Bill Young Hall (CWY), Room 109. The seminar is free and open to USF faculty, staff and graduate students.


To register, contact by April 20, 2011. (Note: Due to high enrollment, the location of the seminar has changed from earlier announcements.)


The seminar will include presentations on "Protecting Your Competitive Advantage: Patents, Trademarks & Copyright," "Key Patent Considerations for Software and Life Science Innovations," and "The Intellectual Property Process for USF Employees."  

Attorneys Peter F. Corles and Howard M. Gitten, from Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, will speak, along with Valerie McDevitt, Assistant Vice President of the USF Division of Patent & Licensing.   


"All too often, new innovations and research findings are discovered and then lost because they were not properly protected," said Dr. Tom Wade, President of the USF Chapter of the NAI. "Ignorance can be very costly."


The second seminar in the series, "Commercializing Technology through the Power of Licensing; Marketing, Resources and Start-Ups," will be presented next fall.


Both seminars are sponsored by the USF Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors in collaboration with the USF Office of Research & Innovation, Division of Patents & Licensing. For more information, contact Judy Lowry,