5-Part Workshop: Patent Law Fundamentals for Scientists, Engineers, and Managers

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Patent Law Fundamentals for Scientists, Engineers, and Managers



All workshop days are from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Sept. 18, 2023
Sept. 20, 2023
Sept. 22, 2023
Sept. 25, 2023
Sept. 27, 2023

Registration Information

SPE Members $500
Nonmembers $700
SPE Student Members $250

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This workshop is intended as an introductory primer in patent law and practice for scientists, engineers and managers involved in business and technology. The workshop provides an overview of patent protection and trade secret protection. The workshop also covers the fundamentals of how to identify, and document an invention, search for patents related to the invention, and apply for a patent application. In particular, attendees will become familiar with the types of patent applications, patentability requirements, the parts of a patent application, and the prosecution process for getting a patent application allowed before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Attendees will also become familiar with foreign filing of patent applications, post grant patent options including mechanisms for challenging a U.S. patent before the USPTO, the various types of patent opinions and patent litigation. No prior knowledge of patent law is required.

Agenda is as follows:

  • Patents — Introduction
  • Trade secrets
  • Inventorship
  • Invention documentation
  • Types of Patents
  • Patent procurement process overview
  • Patent searching
  • Patentability requirements
  • U.S. Patent Application Filing Formalities
  • How to read a U.S. patent publication
  • Patent application preparation
  • Patent prosecution
  • Foreign filing and prosecution
  • Post grant options
  • Patent litigation and infringement
  • Patent opinions


Robert Migliorini, J.D., M.S. Eng., M.B.A.
Senior Business Development Associate
Yale Ventures

About the Instructor

Robert Migliorini has been teaching a similar type workshop for over 15 years. His experience is as follows: A Senior Licensing Associate in the technology transfer office at Yale University and also an independent Patent Attorney. Prior to that, he worked for 18 years as a Senior IP counsel with Exxon Mobil Corporation where he assisted clients in all aspects of IP law, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent opinions, client counseling, and IP agreements and licensing. He is an author or coauthor of six IP journal articles related to patent law. Prior to becoming an attorney, Robert worked for 17 years for ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Films Business, in a variety of technical, operations and leadership positions. He is also an inventor or coinventor of 14 U.S. patents related to thermoplastic and metallized films. He also has extensive experience in coating, printing, metallizing and laminating technology. He is licensed to practice law in various states and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Robert is also an adjunct law professor at both Pace University School of Law and Quinnipiac University School of Law where he teaches courses in Patent Practice & Procedure and IP Agreements & Licensing to law students.

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