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Patents Webinar Series

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Who Really Owns the Intellectual Property?
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 1:00 to 2:30pm ET



Henry Wixon
Chief Counsel,
National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce

David Orange
Vice-Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington
Patent Attorney with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox



G. Nagesh Rao
Senior Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Advisor 
IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist


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Ever read a patent and see the inventor's names followed by an assignee listing and wonder what all that means? The purpose of this webinar is to help inventors and entrepreneurs understand the rights around intellectual property ownership. From the traditional contract agreements where an inventor assigns their rights to the company they work for, to the ownership rights that come about at a university via invocation of Bayh-Dole when federal funding for the research and development of the technology is involved.


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”.




Henry Wixon
Chief Counsel, National Institute of Standards and Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce

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.


David Orange
Vice-Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington
Patent Attorney with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

David Orange is a Washington, DC based patent attorney with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. His technical background is in electrical engineering, where he performed research in academic and industrial labs. David is active in the startup space, as an investor, on advisory boards, and previously as in-house counsel. He is the Vice Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington and serves as a commercialization grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research Awards. He received his BSEE, JD and LLM from the University of Washington, and interned for the Hon. Judge Randall R. Rader of the Federal Circuit in law school.





G. Nagesh Rao
Senior Government Affairs and Intellectual Property Advisor
IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist

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.


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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