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Patents Webinar Series

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Working with the USPTO: Selecting the Right Legal Advocates
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 1:00 to 2:30pm ET



Lawrence F. Rozsnyai Ph.D, J.D.
Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs
Metabolex, Inc.

Eric L. Lane
Intellectual Property Lawyer
McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP

Eben Bayer
CEO and Co-Founder
Ecovative Design


Nagesh Rao
IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist


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A zealous yet intellectually and technologically competent IP-Legal advocate is crucial when presenting a patent or trademark application before the USPTO for review. The focus of this webinar is to hear from actual practitioners with real experience on how scientists and entrepreneurs need to be savvy and proactive when working with the right TT Officer and law firm. Furthermore understanding and asking the right questions in determining whom to hire as the best representative and consultant for your case when deciding what type of intellectual property protection to pursue. Key topics of this webinar will also include addressing the documents needed for a proper application submission, drafting proper and accurate specification/drawings/claims, making effective use of the interview during patent review, as well understanding the nuances behind a non-final rejection and final rejection.


The focus of this Webinar series is to help bridge the knowledge gap on Intellectual Property Law Issues between the US Government and various stakeholders in the “University-Based Startups Innovation Ecosystem”. A key attribute that make this webinar series unique from other programmatic endeavors is the ability to directly deliver “Thought Leaders” in the field who will address various IP issues from an applied, pragmatic, and deeply experienced viewpoint. Through participation in this webinar program, the audience will be afforded both the opportunity to understand and retain best practices when deriving appropriate IP-Strategic Frameworks coupled with Business and Technology Development, as well as gain access to a much more comprehensive and holistic viewpoint on why Intellectual Property Law is such an important economic tool in the “Entrepreneur’s Toolkit”.


larryLawrence F. Rozsnyai Ph.D, J.D.
Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs
Metabolex, Inc.

Lawrence F. Rozsnyai Ph.D, J.D. is currently Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs at Metabolex, Inc. a clinical-stage pharmaceutical startup in Hayward, CA.   Larry is responsible for the entire worldwide patent portfolio of the company, which includes patents on chemical compounds and methods of using them to treat various diseases.  Previously, Larry held a similar in-house position at another pharma startup and with a nationally recognized IP law firm.  Larry has written and prosecuted patents in chemistry, medical devices, semiconductors and other technologies.  Before attending law school, Larry held positions in management consulting and business development.   Larry has a J.D. From the University of Washington School of Law, a Ph.D in chemistry from MIT and a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley.

Eric L. Lane
Intellectual Property Lawyer
McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP

Eric L. Lane is an intellectual property lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney in San Diego, California.  He counsels companies and entrepreneurs in patent, trademark and copyright matters, assisting them in protecting the intellectual property assets critical to their businesses.  He specializes in helping technology companies build, grow and managing their patent and trademark portfolios, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy and other areas of clean technology.

Mr. Lane is the founder and author of Green Patent Blog - - a web site dedicated to discussion and analysis of intellectual property issues in clean technology and renewable energy and author of a recently published book - Clean Tech Intellectual Property:  Eco-marks, Green Patents, and Green Innovation – published by Oxford University Press. He has published articles on a wide range of legal subjects in such publications as the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, the John Marshall Law School Review of Intellectual Property Law, the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal, the Duke Law & Technology Review, New York Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Newsletter and Mealey’s (Lexis-Nexis) Litigation Report on Intellectual Property, IPLaw360, New Matter, and the San Diego Daily Transcript. Mr. Lane is a frequent speaker on issues at the intersection of intellectual property and clean tech / climate change.

Mr. Lane is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the George Washington University Law School.

ebenEben Bayer
CEO and Co-Founder
Ecovative Design

Eben Bayer is the cofounder and CEO of Ecovative Design, a bio-materials company located in Green Island, NY. Eben co-invented MycoBond, a patent pending technology that uses a growing organism to transform agricultural waste products into strong composite materials. These materials require 1/10 the energy to create in comparison to environmentally damaging synthetics, like foam, and can be home composted. Eben Bayer received a dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Design and Innovation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to founding Ecovative he worked at ARA designing humanitarian de-mining vehicles.


Nagesh Rao
IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist

Nagesh Rao is an IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist based out of the San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York metro areas, where he most recently worked for The City of Los Angeles’s CleanTech Initiatives and prior to for the US Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office and Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has endeavored on projects centered around The White House's mandate on sustainable global economic growth through the foci of startups, intellectual property law, technology development, and applied innovation for the developed and developing world. Programmatic career highlights of his have included co-creation of i6 Green, First Look West (FLoW), and Patents for Humanity, as well being part of the Startup America and Impact Investing federal inter-agency teams. He is a former Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with The National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM, & NRC), and currently serves as a board member to Global Access in Action and Launch:Energy. Finally his intellectually humorous musings on the intersection of applied science, business, and law have been featured in NPR, Triple Pundit, and TechCrunch.



All webinars listed below are scheduled from 1:00-2:30 pm ET.
For changes in schedules and other announcements, please visit the series website.

November 14: Patent Trial and Appeal Board & The Higher Courts
Topics: Post-final rejection, post-grant review, appeal process, interpartes re-exam

December 12 – Protecting IP in Global Markets
Understanding a PCT, international issues on IP procurement, markets and competitors

January 9, 2013 - Picking the Right Global Markets
Topics: To where and how do I export? What programs are out there to help?



To view video recordings and download presentation slides, please click on the links below.

May 9, 2012
USPTO Patent for Humanity Program

June 13, 2012
Patents 101

July 11, 2012
Patent and AIA Implementation

August 8, 2012
Intellectual Property, Non-Patented

September 12, 2012
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Researcher’s Life After Invention Disclosure


WEBINAR SCHEDULE: This webinar series is scheduled every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Changes in schedules or topics will be posted on this page and sent to you through email.

WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered to the webinar you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.

QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: National and international media, federal and state government officials, venture capitalists, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, industry representatives, university officials, entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, students, and university faculty and staff.

SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.

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