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Protecting IP in Key Foreign Markets
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:00 to 2:30pm ET



Jennifer Ness
Office of Policy and External Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Elaine Wu
Office of Policy and External Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Minna Moezie
Office of Policy and External Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Marina Lamm
Patent Attornney, Office of Policy and External Affairs
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Henry Wixon
Chief Counsel
National Institute of Standards and Technology


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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”.


Marina Lamm, Minna Moezie, Jennie Ness, and Elaine Wu serve as Attorney-Advisors in the Office of Policy and External Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Ms. Lamm is an expert on patent and trade secret issues, with particular knowledge of intellectual property issues in Russia, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.  She is a former patent examiner in the pharmaceutical area.  Ms. Moezie is a patent attorney with specific expertise on patent and intellectual property issues in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and substantive expertise in the area of pharmaceutical patents.  From 2006 through 2008, Ms. Moezie served at the U.S. Intellectual Property Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  Ms. Moezie’s responsibilities included working with U.S. businesses to aid them in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights in Egypt, the Middle East, and North Africa; providing legal and technical assistance to governments to assist them in improving the intellectual property legal and enforcement environment in the region; and negotiating various intellectual property issues on behalf of the Commerce Department and the U.S. government.  Ms. Ness is an expert on copyright and related intellectual property rights issues, who conducts capacity building and technical assistance programs for foreign governments on intellectual property issues, as well as public outreach programs for U.S. businesses and other stakeholders.  Her geographical portfolio includes South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China.  From 2006 through 2011, Ms. Ness served as the Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Southeast Asia, based in Bangkok, Thailand.  Ms. Wu is an expert in patents and in intellectual property enforcement with extensive experience in China.  Ms. Wu’s geographical portfolio also includes Southeast Asia.


Henry Wixon became Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in March of 2009.  The Office of the Chief Counsel for NIST advises the agency in programmatic matters including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Interagency Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements and patenting.  In addition, Mr. Wixon’s office has significant responsibility for Department of Commerce regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole and Stevenson-Wydler Acts, and for appeals under Executive Order 10096 of Employee Rights Determinations from all Federal agencies.

Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Wixon was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC.  In over twenty years in private practice as a registered patent attorney and intellectual property specialist, Mr. Wixon developed and implemented worldwide patent acquisition, defense and enforcement strategies for domestic and international clients.  In addition to extensive patent litigation, he conducted intellectual property due diligence for M&A, IPO, and VC and Angel funding, and counseled industry and academic clients in all aspects of technology transfer.

Mr. Wixon was awarded his J.D. degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review.  He holds a B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry and a M.S. degree in neuropharmacology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

A Certified Licensing Professional, Mr. Wixon is a past Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (LES).  He has been a member of the LES Professional Development Series (PDS) Faculty for many years, teaching fundamental, intermediate and advanced PDS courses.  He is active in the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and a frequent participant in NCET2 programs as a panelist and moderator.


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

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

November 14, 2012
1:00-2:30 pm ET
Patent Trial and Appeal Board & The Higher Courts


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.

January 9, 2013 - Picking the Right Global Markets
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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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