An Intellectual Property Primer

Thursday, December 03, 2009
CIT Department, School of Business

IEEE New Hampshire Section Computer Society Chapter Seminar Series

An Intellectual Property Primer with Luis Figarella
Tuesday, Dec 8, 2009, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester Campus
Robert Frost Hall, Walker Auditorium

Many of us have heard about patents, but were probably not taught anything about Intellectual Property in College or Professional school. In many cases, the acquired IP knowledge is full of dangerous “urban legends”.

This presentation reviews the basics of IP, with emphasis on Patents (both US and in other countries). In particular;

  • types of patents,
  • various invention bars,
  • patent parts and how to read a patent
  • how to go about protecting my IP
  • where else to go for further knowledge

In general, the goal of the presentation is how to begin learning about patents. Those attending (even if they have never even seen a patent), will hopefully come out able to impress their boss and IP counsel with their grasp of the basics in the IP world.

Luis Figarella is a USPTO registered Patent Agent and Professional Engineer. He is the owner of the Matrix Patent Agency in Nashua, NH. MPA has helped customers in New England as well as Florida and Puerto Rico in preparing, filing and obtaining US Patent protection. He has prepared and filed US and PCT applications in the areas of Electrical, Mechanical, Optical, Medical, Internet/Computers and others.

As a working engineer, he has had extensive experience in the design and development of Auto-ID equipment in the area of logistics and medical devices. He is a co-inventor of nine patents in the Auto-ID area, and participated in the development of the MaxiCode and Data Matrix symbologies and scanners with both UPS and Int’l Data Matrix. Both symbologies are daily used in well over 15 million new individual items. He credits his Patent claim writing skills to the years he spent legally skirting other’s claim language.

He is the co-chair of the Health Industry Business Communication Council (HIBCC) Automatic Identification (Auto-ID) committee. The committee is accredited by ANSI, and controls various global standards for marking of medical products.

He has an MS Systems Engineering, from Boston University and a BS Electrical Engineering, from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

You do not have to be an IEEE member to attend.  All guests are welcome.

For information about future seminars, please contact Barbara Bancroft.

The Computer Information Technology Department in the School of Business, as part of its Lecture Series, is proud to host a presentation on how to protect Intellectual Property. Luis Figarella is a Patent Agent, who has helped inventors obtain patent protection.

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