This talk gives technical students an overview of patents and other technology rights, and how these assets can be utilized by companies. Patents and other technology rights are increasingly valuable to businesses, and are no longer limited to large manufacturing or scientific companies. Start-ups and mid-sized firms in numerous industries use technology rights to increase their return on innovation and innovative activity. When used effectively, these tools can lead to significant and sometimes surprising business advantages. Patent rights can enable start-ups and small companies to prevent copying by competitors, earn higher revenue from licensing technology, and compete more effectively against much larger firms. Knowledge of technology rights can provide a powerful competitive advantage and provide many non-intuitive opportunities.
Dean Alderucci is the Director of Research for the Center for AI & Patent Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University. His research involves Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning algorithms that are tailored to the unique challenges of patent law and practice. He has taught graduate courses in innovation strategy and intellectual property at the University of Chicago, New York University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He was previously COO & Chief IP counsel for a global financial services firm, and before that chief counsel for a business incubator. He is also a registered patent attorney, an inventor on over 250 granted US patents across a variety of technical fields, and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. For more information, or if you’re interested in participating, please contact Doug Sicker. We hope you’ll join us for these engaging presentations this semester.