Weekly Meeting - Thomas Druan "Intellectual Property for Engineers"

  • Posted on: 10 January 2014
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We've made it to the last week of the semester and we saved the best for last!

We invited Thomas Druan as our final speaker event of the semester. He is an IP Attorney with a background in Mechanical Engineering and he will be presenting about Intellectual Property for Engineers. So if you're interested in learning how to patent your ideas (or even your Capstone in the future!) make sure to come to this meeting!

So join us for the final meeting and enjoy free pizza!

Who: Thomas Druan
What: Intellectual Property for Engineers
Where: ///*340 Curry Student Center*///
When: Wednesday December 4 @ 11:45 AM

See you there!
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Abstract of talk:
Why should you care about intellectual property? Because whether you start your own company or work for someone else, your ideas will matter. Understanding the value of those ideas, the risks involved in ignoring their protection, and ultimately who stands to benefit from those ideas can help you navigate our idea-based society that much better.

The talk will cover:
-why protect ideas? (value of IP/risk of not protecting)
-what ideas are protectable? (patents/TM/copyright/trade secrets)
-how do you protect ideas? (for each type of IP/examine a patent)
-when should you seek protection? (timing/deadlines)
-who owns the IP? (employment contracts/NDA’s/assignments)

Thomas J. Druan, Jr. is a registered patent attorney and founder of Druan IP Law, PLLC. His practice involves various aspects of patent, trademark, and business law, including the evaluation, protection, and utilization of intellectual property.

Mr. Druan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. After graduating Brown, Mr. Druan worked for Northrop Grumman in their Electronic Sensors and Systems division, and then spent 4 years as a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office before heading to law school. During law school, Mr. Druan worked at area law firms prosecuting patents in the mechanical, electrical and chemical fields, and became Intellectual Property Advisor at Alchemy Ventures, LLC. Also during law school, Mr. Druan acted as teaching assistant for Trademarks and Graduate Legal Skills classes.

Mr. Druan is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.