Seminar for Technology Inventors, Faculty and Startups

From Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties:

Learn how the new America Invents Act will affect small tech inventors, faculty, and startups.

Making Connections
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room 310
Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS)
Blacksburg, Virginia

The America Invents Act was signed into law by President Obama on September 16, 2011. The stated intent of the bill was to bring the U.S. patent system up to date with most other industrialized nations, and to remove perceived impediments to innovation inherent in the old system. Besides the new "first to file" rule, many other changes found in the new law could have a significant effect on university inventors. Listen
to Ray Van Dyke explain the new law and answer your questions.

University start‐ups play an important role in the commercialization process. But how does a researcher get a new business venture up and running, and create it to be sustainable over the long term? VTIP is pleased to welcome Ken Maready of Hutchison Law Group as our guest speaker to lead the discussion on developing a strategy for building a successful university start‐up company. Ken will describe the startup process and answer your questions.

RSVP to Michael Miller, Senior Licensing Manager at VTIP – [email protected] or call 443‐9218. See the Making Connections flyer (.pdf) for more details.

Making Connections is a forum designed to inform the Virginia Tech community of important issues
relating to the technology transfer mission of the university. These periodic seminars address topics
such as invention disclosure, patent law, licensing and commercialization as they relate to VT policies
and the role of faculty in research, publication and education.

Hutchison Law Group is a sponsor of VT KnowledgeWorks.


VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide, through innovative curriculum, local business resource centers, and a global network of cooperating regions, all focused on three essential contributors to success: clear understanding of fundamental business principles; access to timely, relevant information; and meaningful personal and corporate relationships. It is a self-sustaining not-for-profit subsidiary of the Virginia Tech Foundation, funded through the continuing confidence and enthusiasm of its clients, sponsors and friends, both corporate and individual. Its world headquarters is in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

VT KnowledgeWorks sponsors include Attaain, Inc., BB&T, The Branch Group, Handshake 2.0, Harris Office Furniture, Hodges, Jones & Mabry, P.C., Hutchison Law Group, LeClairRyan, New River Valley Intellectual Property Law, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and The Becher Agency (TBA).

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