Technology Transfer Office will present intellectual property seminars

Marshall University’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) will host free seminars on Wednesday, September 7. The first seminar will be held at the Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex in room 1205 from 2-3 pm and will focus on engineering-related intellectual properties. The second seminar will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Biotechnology Sciences in Room 102 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm and will include discussions on intellectual properties in the biological, physical, forensic and biological sciences.

Each program will begin with an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights) and continue with a specific focus on the various types of patent protection. The program will cover the legal requirements for obtaining a patent, university ownership of inventions; the differences between a patent application and a technical publication; the differences between invention and authorship; issues to consider in preserving patent rights in an academic setting; and determine if an invention is ready to be patented.

Sessions will be led by attorney Terry Wright of Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, and Amy Melton, director of the Marshall University Office of Technology Transfer.

Wright has extensive experience advising clients ranging from small private companies to publicly traded multinational companies. She regularly prepares protection plans for intellectual property associated with consumer goods, medical devices, and other mechanical devices and technologies associated with life sciences.

Wright has a life science background and academic research experience in the areas of cardiovascular biology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, and biotechnology. She advises companies and university technology transfer/licensing offices on strategies to protect patent-based intellectual property.

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Melton has been with the Marshall University Office of Technology Transfer since 2004, providing guidance to faculty, staff, and students at the university. Her business acumen led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and culminated in her master’s degree in business administration, all from Marshall University. During her tenure, she has accumulated extensive experience in all facets of the technology commercialization process from idea generation; financial support from federal, state, and foundation grants; and corporate-sponsored research support, research collaboration networks, material transfer, export control, conflict of interest management, angel and venture capital, business licensing, and start-up development.

The seminars are free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Send reservations to [email protected] For more information, contact Melton by phone at 304-696-4365.

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