TLO Seminar Series

2020 Intellectual Property Speaker Series
Each year, MIT Technology Licensing Office and MIT Libraries co-host a series of seminars on topics related to intellectual property during MIT's Independent Activity Period (IAP).

The 2020 Intellectual Property Series features experts from MIT and other organizations in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem who share their knowledge and best practices on IP topics and resources that support entrepreneurship at MIT including: patents, technology transfer, copyright and software, conflict of interest, research tools to support innovation strategy, public domain, venture capital, author rights, grant funding programs, and more!
 
Organizations that contributed to the 2020 series include MIT Technology Licensing Office, MIT Libraries, Lincoln Laboratory, Osage University Partners, Venture Mentoring Services, SBIR Program, VU Venture Partners, and LiquidPiston. 
 
Many sessions have slide decks available below. Unfortunately, we are not able to share all slides due to proprietary information contained in some presentations.  

Is it in the Public Domain?
Tuesday, January 7, 2020; 10am-11:30am

Presenter:
Katie Zimmerman, Scholarly Communications & Licensing Librarian (MIT Libraries)

Presentation Slides

Explore the public domain in this hands-on workshop. When does copyright expire, and how do you know when something is free to use? We will discuss the public domain and put our skills to use on historical materials from the MIT Libraries

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Social Networking Sites & Author Rights
Tuesday, January 7, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenters:
Katharine Dunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian (MIT Libraries)
Courtney Crummett, Biosciences Librarian (MIT Libraries)

Presentation Slides

Many researchers promote and share their publications on sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu. Come to this session to learn about how sharing on these sites relates to copyright and open access, as well as how the sites compare to institutional and subject repositories like DSpace @ MIT or arXiv. We'll also discuss recent ResearchGate controversies and lawsuits.

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The Federal SBIR Program Basics + How to Apply
Monday, January 13, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenter:
Dan Lilly, SBIR Advisor

Presentation Slides

The SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program helps small businesses engage in R&D with potential for commercialization. Dan Lilly (SBIR Advisor) will provide an overview of the SBIR program, including information on the program’s purpose, eligibility, sources of funding and ideas on what is necessary to succeed.

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Mission-driven Technology Transfer—Perspectives from MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Tuesday, January 14, 2020; 10am-11:30am

Presenter:
Bernadette Johnson, Chief Technology Ventures Officer

Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center, run by MIT to develop advanced technology in support of national security. For technologies that may also be useful to the civilian sector (so called dual-use), commercialization and open-source distribution are pathways for knowledge sharing. But how and to whom to transfer technologies is not always obvious and engineers are seldom trained as entrepreneurs.

Join Bernadette Johnson, Chief Technology Ventures Officer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, as she discusses the factors that influence technology transfer from a national laboratory perspective.

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Who Owns Intellectual Property at MIT? Navigating the MIT IP Policy
Tuesday, January 14, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenters:
Siri Nilsson, MIT TLO
Michael Bergren, Associate Dean for Academic and Research Initiatives (UROP)

Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.

Per MIT Policy, the Institute owns some of the intellectual property that is created during research at MIT. Having a clear understanding of the what, why, and the implications of this Policy is paramount. 

What does it mean for MIT to own intellectual property? How does this impact entrepreneurship and innovation at MIT? This seminar offers an overview of intellectual property policy and processes at MIT and its implications for researchers contributing to discovery through MIT intellectual endeavors. Geared towards principal investigators, students, and other potential inventors.

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Using Search Tools for Market Research
Wednesday, January 15, 2020; 10am-11:30am
 
Presenters:
Nick Albaugh, Management and Social Sciences Librarian for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MIT Libraries)
Jonathan Hromi, Intellectual Property Officer (MIT TLO) 
 
Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.
 
Nick Albaugh, Management and Social Sciences Librarian for Innovation & Entrepreneurship from MIT Libraries, and Jonathan Hromi, Intellectual Property Officer from MIT TLO, will review the best tools for market research and discuss the following topics:
  • The difference between prior art and market searching
  • How patent searching can inform market analysis
  • Tools to use to create a comprehensive commercialization plan

You'll also see a sample market analysis based on AI technology.


Commercialization of MIT Technology: Innovation, Technology Transfer, and Licensing
Wednesday, January 15, 2020; 12:30-2pm
 
Presenters:
Lauren Foster, Associate Director of Life Sciences (MIT TLO)
Deirdre Zammit, Technology Licensing Officer (MIT TLO)
 
Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.
 
Join MIT TLO’s Lauren Foster and Deirdre Zammit as they provide valuable information on MIT’s strategic approach in translating technology into a product to benefit the public. They will share their insights on how new inventions are evaluated, protected, licensed, and commercialized.
 

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The NSF I-Corps Program: The Scientific Method Applied to Entrepreneurship
Thursday, January 16, 2020; 12:30-2pm
 
Presenter:
Roman Lubynsky, Executive Director (New England I-Corps @ MIT)
 
 
If you are interested in taking your technology to the marketplace, acquiring entrepreneurial training, or increasing your chances of receiving an SBIR/STTR award, I-Corps will provide you with the information and support you need. Faculty, staff, and students working on any STEM-related technology anywhere at MIT can enroll as well as anyone working on a new idea that may qualify for an SBIR/STTR award.
 

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Author Rights Workshop
Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 10am-11:30am
 
Presenters: 
Katie Zimmerman, Scholarly Communications & Licensing Librarian (MIT Libraries)
Katharine Dunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian (MIT Libraries)
 
 
When you publish in scholarly journals, you’re usually required to give up some rights in your work. In this workshop, MIT librarians will show you what to look for in author contracts and go over ways to hold on to rights to share and reuse your work, including via MIT's open access policies.

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Do Right By Your (Research) Data
Tuesday, January 21, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenter:
Amy Nurnberger, Program Head (MIT Libraries)
 
 
Congratulations--you’ve got research data! This session will walk you through the dos and don'ts associated with research data and artifacts, all of the associated bits of information necessary to understand research data.
 
We'll cover the tools and resources available to you for making decisions about your research data (and associated bits) with regards to use agreements, security requirements, and copyright and licensing. We will also explore some case studies and do a few practical application exercises.

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Disrupting the Internal Combustion Engine: One MIT Alum’s Path to Launching a Hard Tech Startup
Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 10am-11:30am

Presenter:
Alec Shkolnik, CEO (LiquidPiston)
 
 
Venture Capital has its place for funding companies, but Hard Tech is . . . particularly HARD for VCs to embrace. So how does a startup navigate in a space that requires a lot of time and money for development where traditional routes of funding are challenging? This talk will cover a broad range of topics around the funding and commercialization of tough technology.
 
Alec Shkolnik (Ph.D. CSAIL 2010), co-founder and CEO of LiquidPiston, will describe the company's journey having raised a mix of venture funding, "equity crowd funding," angel funding, and non-dilutive Government funding; surviving several company recapitalizations; and now transitioning to commercialization in a B2B environment.
 

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Basics of Obtaining a Patent
Wednesday, January 22, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenters:
Jonathan HromiTechnology Licensing Officer (MIT TLO)
Myron Kassaraba, Technology Licensing Officer (MIT TLO)
 
Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.
 
Myron Kassaraba, Technology Licensing Officer, and Jonathan Hromi, Intellectual Property Officer, both of the MIT Technology Licensing Office (TLO), will discuss the basics of the patent application process, the history and context surrounding patents as a means of protecting commercialization rights, as well as share about the policy and practice of MIT's patenting activities. They'll share insights into how the TLO engages in this process in support of entrepreneurial engagement at MIT.

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Pitching 101: How to Present Your Startups and Technology Innovation to Potential Funders
Thursday, January 23, 2020; 10am-11:30am

Presenters:
Matt Cohen, Partner (Osage University Partners)
Manny Stockman, Principal (Osage University Partners)
 
Pitching an early-stage science- and technology-based startup to potential funders can be intimidating. Learning how to tailor your presentation and understanding what motivates funders to say yes, or at least not give you an outright no, are important aspects of preparing for your initial pitch.
 
This talk, led by Partner Matt Cohen and Principal Manny Stockman at the venture fund Osage University Partners (OUP), will be structured around the firm’s many years of experience in hearing pitches and reviewing pitch decks to provide insight on creating and presenting an initial startup pitch to funders. 

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COI @ MIT: The People, Policy, and Process Behind Financial Conflicts of Interest at MIT
Thursday, January 23, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenters:
Rupinder Grewal, Conflict of Interest Officer (MIT Research Administration Services)
Dave McCarthy, Technology Licensing Office (MIT TLO)
 
 
This seminar is designed to build your financial conflict of interest (fCOI) knowledge base by presenting the history and evolution of the financial conflict of interest in research regulations, who they impact, what information is collected, and how it is managed.
 
Rupinder Grewal from the COI office along with Dave McCarthy from the MIT TLO will provide historical context and insight into topics including the discussion of these and other questions:
  • Given the financial drivers of the for-profit world, how does MIT ensure that objectivity is maintained in its fundamental research activities? 
  • How does MIT protect research results from influence when an Investigator has outside financial interests?
  • What kinds of fCOI situations arise in our environment and how do we manage them?

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Career Pathways: How One Engineer Pivoted to a Venture Capital Career
Friday, January 24, 2020; 10am-11:30am

Presenter:
Joel Palathinkal, Associate Partner (VU Venture Partners)
 
Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.
 
Dr. Joel Palathinkal, Associate Partner at VU Venture Partners, shares how he leveraged best practices from the software development framework—staying laser focused on a problem vs. the solution—to achieve success throughout his career. In this exciting session, we will learn more about why this fundamental yet simple framework can be beneficial in life, continuing education, your career, and he discusses the following in detail:
  • Why is a framework important
  • How to use a framework for your career and life
  • How to pivot into any career
  • How to brand yourself for a career pivot 

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Basics of Copyright, Data, and Software Intellectual Property
Friday, January 24, 2020; 12:30-2pm

Presenter:
Dan DardaniTechnology Licensing Office (MIT TLO)
 
Presentation Slides
Audio files available here.
 
Join Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer and intellectual property expert, for an overview of copyright law and consider its history, practice, and relevance to your world and to the MIT community. Daniel will explore topics including: the nature of originality, fair use, open source, how copyrights can be licensed in the digital age, and others.