Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs: Attend free six-part workshop series on intellectual property

The IP Venture Clinic, LaunchPad and think[ box ] will present a series of six workshops on intellectual property Saturday mornings throughout the academic year. All workshops are free and open to the campus community.

The first workshop, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. in Nord Hall, Room 356, will feature information on how to search the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) website to see if an idea already has been patented.

From 10 to 11 a.m., patent attorney Bryan Gallo, partner at Pearne & Gordon LLP, will explain how to access and use the USPTO website in a general manner and how to find patents on a given technology, patentability, assignee and inventor. Participants also will have the opportunity to participate a question and answer period.

Following a break for coffee and pastries, the second part of the workshop will be broken up into four technology groups: software, electrical, mechanical and chemical arts. A patent attorney for each technology will lead each subgroup through actual searches. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to participate in the searches.

Future workshops include:

  • U.S. and foreign patents: Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Richey Mixon Building
  • Funding for inventions and businesses: Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Richey Mixon Building
  • The legal rights of inventors and joint inventors: Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m. in the Richey Mixon Building
  • Using arbitration and mediation to resolve conflicts and the litigation process: Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Richey Mixon Building
  • Trademarks and copyrights: Saturday, March 26, at 10 a.m. in the Richey Mixon Building 

For more information or to RSVP, email

Alumnus David B. Deioma (CIT ‘62) organized this series.