Introduction to Intellectual Property for Early-Stage Companies
In an economy strongly characterized by fast technological change and easy access to information, intellectual property is more important than ever before. Businesses are increasingly relying on IP to raise capital, erect barriers to entry, generate steady revenue streams, defend against lawsuit threats and improve market position. IP has become particularly important for early-stage companies that aim to create a market foothold using technological innovation.
This talk provides an introduction to intellectual property, common misconceptions and best practices. Topics discussed in this talk include trademarks, patents and trade secrets, and how early-stage companies can leverage these to further their goals. Common questions addressed in this talk include: what rights does a patent provide? when should I file a patent application? can a patent be obtained worldwide?
About the speaker:
Michele Moresco, PhD is a patent agent in the Electrical and Computer Technologies group at Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, a Boston-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property law. Michele has extensive knowledge in the areas of optics and photonics, communications, semiconductors, electromagnetism and signal processing.
Michele counsels clients, including start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and academic institutions, on IP best practices. His practice focuses on U.S. and international patent prosecution, patent litigation, due diligence and freedom-to-operate.
Prior to joining Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, Michele was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. While at MIT, Michele was involved in a variety of research topics, including fiber-optics networks, infrared and visible pixel arrays, and Lidar sensors for autonomous vehicles. Michele holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Boston University, where he presented a thesis on Monte Carlo models for semiconductor materials and devices.