What not to patent
Steps for strategic IP
Assess your IP before you meet with your attorney
You have worked hard to get your company on its feet. You protect it daily against a host of challenges. Are you protecting some of the most valuable assets of your company – your innovations?
Protecting your innovations through intellectual property (IP) strategies, including patenting, freedom-to-operate studies, trademarks, copyrights, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements and consulting agreements, are critical to the long-term success of your company.
Join Mary Lou Wakimura, Principal at intellectual property law boutique Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, in this Ask a Pro webinar, where she will introduce you to the tools you need to identify and protect your IP rights.
Here's what you will learn:
- Identifying your company’s valuable IP
- Recognizing the different trigger points for copyright, trademark, and patent protection
- Determining if patenting your innovation is the right step for your business
- Determining the best timing to protect your innovation
- Creating a value proposition for potential investor
About your Pro
For close to 30 years, Mary Lou has been a patent attorney with Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C., assisting clients with patent preparation and prosecution, copyright registration and portfolio management. Her work in patenting technology includes one of the early spreadsheet patents and one of the earlier patents on fonts for printer applications, as well as patents for an artificial pancreas for diabetics and educational systems for autistic children.
Mary Lou also obtained patents for some of the first speech-to-text translation technologies. Outside of the firm, Mary Lou has contributed to the Women’s Bar Association (WBA), Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA), Licensing Executive Society (LES), the Asian American Law Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) and Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST). Mary Lou enjoys the opportunity to speak at local events that show the roles women can play in business careers.