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Patents Webinar Series

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Picking the Right Global Markets
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:00 to 2:30pm ET



Yair Crane
International Advisor and Industry Consultant
Next Global Stage, LLC

Yumin Yeh
Clean Tech Development and Strategic Partnerships


G. Nagesh Rao
Senior Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Advisor
Stiefel Family Foundation


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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”.



Once the Intellectual Property has been procured and best methods explored to develop the technology, how does one sell it from an international perspective? What programs are out there to help in the process? These are some of the questions and ideas covered in this month's webinar to help build out on the prior sessions topics, in how to act local but think global when building out the core competencies of the startup but protecting your ideas effectively and efficiently. As well taking advantage of emerging markets like the BRICS for technology and market opportunities that may initially seem foreign but could be a perfect fit for your idea.


yairYair Crane
International Advisor and Industry Consultant
Next Global Stage, LLC

Yair Crane is an international advisor and industry consultant for the clean tech and renewable energy sectors, providing strategic business development and government relationship management.  As an an effective and professional communicator and connector, Yair is also a capital facilitator from strategic investors, including carbon finance projects.  Specializing in consultative sales and account management, Yair focus on client education, outreach to corporate decision makers, governmental bodies, and industry organizations, and is an expert in C-Level relationship management.  Sample Clients/Projects: waste to energy (WTE), RDF, biomass, biofuels (non-corn based), waste water treatment, water conservation technology, LNG/CNG, biomethane, energy infrastructure, PEV, smart grid.

With extensive Greater China Region expertise, alliances in India, Southeast Asia and Latin America, Yair has traveled extensively and has lived and worked in Asia including Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, and held prior financial roles at the Bank of Ireland, Citibank, UBS, and E*Trade.  Yair graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, emphasizing in Business, East Asian Studies and Mandarin, with studies at National Cheng-chi University in Taiwan.


yuminYumin Yeh
Clean Tech Development and Strategic Partnerships

Mr. Yeh serves as manager on this project.  As an American-born Chinese specializing at the nexus of US-China relations, Mr.  Yeh coordinates the teams and strategic partners between US and China.  Yumin Yeh holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and degrees in both Bioengineering (BS) and International Development (BA) from UC Berkeley.  Before working as a US-China expert with experience at the US Embassy in Beijing, he worked in California for several years as an engineer and consultant, providing comprehensive solutions to the private sector in environmental, health and safety. In graduate school, where he was selected as a Belfer International and Global Affairs Fellow, he was a primary founder for Harvard’s first China Energy and Environment Conference, which brought together experts to address China’s energy and environment issues.  By integrating the fields of science, policy and international affairs, he has gained substantial experience in facilitating collaboration between US and China and between the public, private and non-profit sectors.


nageshG. Nagesh Rao
Senior Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Advisor
Stiefel Family Foundation

G. Nagesh Rao currently serves as Senior Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Advisor for the Stiefel Family Foundation in addition to being an IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist based out of the San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York metro areas. Where prior to he worked for The City of Los Angeles’s CleanTech Initiatives as well for seven years at 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, TechCrunch, and most recently at PwC's CleanTech Revolution at the LA AutoShow.


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

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




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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