2023 IAP Intellectual Property Speaker Series

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Join the MIT Technology Licensing Office and MIT Libraries for a series of seminars on Intellectual Property in January 2023. In this series of free seminars, you’ll hear from experts from MIT and other organizations in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem who will share their knowledge and best practices on IP topics 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!

Basics of Fair Use

Wednesday Jan. 4th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm 


Katie Zimmerman, Director of Copyright Strategy for the MIT Libraries

New things are built on what came before. If your work uses copyrighted material, you should know about fair use. What are your rights with regard to prior works? What requires permission and what doesn’t? This session will cover the basics of fair use for copyrighted works, so that you know your rights whether you are text mining the scientific literature, adapting a song, or sharing an image you found online.



Using Copyrighted Material (MIT Only)

Thursday Jan. 5th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Katie Zimmerman, Director of Copyright Strategy for the MIT Libraries

Peter Bebergal, Institute Use of Name Officer

Most things that you create incorporate things created by other people. Whether it’s quotes and figures from the scientific literature, or images used in an art project, “third-party content” is a part of most creative endeavors. In this session, learn when you need permission and how to get it.



Technology Transfer Internship at MIT: Marketing and More

Monday Jan. 9th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Robyn Bunch, Communications & Marketing Manager

Hanna Chastain, Marketing Intern

Stephanie Head, Marketing Intern

William Howland, Marketing Intern

Jared Lipsey, Marketing Intern

Are you interested in the world of Technology Transfer, but unsure of what it is or how to get involved? Join Stephanie Head, Will Howland, Jared Lipsey, and Hanna Chastain all current TLO Marketing Interns and Robyn Bunch, Marketing & Communications Manager to learn about MIT’s Technology Licensing Office and how the Marketing Internship Program can help you explore your interests in technology transfer.



Basics of Obtaining a Patent

Tuesday Jan. 10th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Paul Sorkin, Intellectual Property Portfolio Associate

So, you've submitted your invention disclosure to the MIT TLO, spoken with patent counsel, reviewed the application, it's being examined by the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) and you're waiting. Now what? This session will review the process that your application will undergo at the PTO. We will cover, among other topics, some history, the Examiner’s role, prior art rejections, and the claims. We hope you will come away from this session with an understanding of how you can best contribute to the success of your patent application.



The Engine: How we Support "Tough Tech" Startups and Make Invest

Thursday Jan. 12th; 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Reed Sturtevant, General Partner

The Engine, built by MIT, is a venture capital firm that invests into "Tough Tech" companies and that provides a variety of services and facilities to those companies and to the greater "tough tech" ecosystem. This session will cover our approach to investments and how we support companies.



Developing Industry Sponsored Research Agreements

Friday Jan. 13th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Ingvar Aberg, Associate Director, Catalyst

Subarna Basnet, Catalyst

Leah Keating, Associate Director, Strategic Transactions

Michael Leskiw, Associate Director, Alliance Manager

Grace Leung, Catalyst

Are you interested in following an academic research career solving challenging problems across the globe? Industry sponsors around the world can be a rich source of scientific problems and funding for your academic research at MIT or elsewhere. But, have you wondered how to go about securing funding and an agreement? Or, have you found it challenging to get a sponsored research agreement in place?

Our talk will introduce you to key concepts and policies that are involved in developing an agreement with your sponsor. We will explore topics including: statement of work, confidentiality, background/foreground IP, and much more in relation to agreements. Understanding these concepts will help smoothen the process in developing an agreement with your industry sponsor.



The Strength and Fragility of AI

Tuesday Jan 17th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm 


Aude Oliva, Director of Strategic Industry Engagement of MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing

Kevin Hogan, Technology Licensing Officer in Software, Artificial Intelligence, Communications, Algorithms, Cybersecurity, Information and Data Technology

Join the Director of Strategic Industry Engagement of MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing, Aude Oliva, and MIT’s Technology Licensing Officer of software and computing, Kevin Hogan for a conversation around the strength and fragility of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Together, they will explore topics including: AI in business, speed of change, data bias, the interpretability of AI’s output, and more.



Basics of Copyright, Data, and Software Intellectual Property

Monday Jan. 23rd; 1:30pm - 3:00pm


Daniel Dardani, Director of Physical Sciences and Digital Innovations Licensing and Corporate Alliances at Duke University

It has been said that content is king. Copyrighted works – whether writings, art, software, or media – are a major portion of the world’s creative, intellectual, and economic output. Interestingly, copyright issues are all around us, at all times, affecting artists, authors, software programmers, content creators and users alike.

Join intellectual property expert, Daniel Dardani, former MIT Technology Licensing Officer now Director of Licensing at Duke University, for an overview of copyright law with considerations of its history and relevance to the world of intellectual property. Daniel will explore topics including: the nature of originality, fair use, open source, licensing copyrights and data in the digital age, and more.

Be sure to tune in to this popular talk for a fun and fascinating look at the protection of your creative works whether developed at MIT, Duke, or elsewhere.



Conflict of Interest and Startups at MIT

Tuesday Jan. 24th; 11:00am - 12:30pm 


MIT’s sponsored research exceeds $750M annually, with funding received from federal agencies, private foundations, and industry. MIT also has a global reputation for its startup, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture with 30+ startups launched annually in collaboration with the MIT Technology Licensing Office (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, providing an overview of the COI process at MIT, and outlining the benefits of the collaborative efforts of the COI office and the MIT TLO to enable the entrepreneurial spirit of MIT. Rupinder Grewal, MIT COI Officer, and Lauren Foster, Associate Director of Life Sciences at the Technology Licensing Office, will provide historical context and insight into topics, including the discussion of these and other questions. 



Legal Tools for Data: Barries and Bridges

Tuesday Jan. 24th; 1:00pm - 2:00pm 


Amy NurnbergerInterim Department Head for Data and Specialized Services and Program Head for Data Management Services at 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 those associated bits of information necessary to understand research data. These can include structured data, images, unstructured data, metadata, analysis scripts, analysis environment, and much more. We’ll cover the tools and resources available to you for making decisions about your research data (and associated bits) with regard to use agreements, security requirements, and copyright and licensing. We’ll also explore some case studies and do a practical applications exercise.



Using Search Tools for Market Research

Wednesday, Jan. 25th; 1:00pm - 2:30pm 


Nick Albaugh, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Librarian and Economics Librarian at the MIT Libraries

When conducting research related to intellectual property, especially in the areas of patents and market research, there are some tools that you should keep in mind. In this session, Nick Albaugh, Management and Social Sciences Librarian for Innovation & Entrepreneurship from MIT Libraries, will explain the best tools to use as well as share more about:

- How to conduct a preliminary patent search using subscription-based and freely available tools

- How to find the most relevant market research using specialized resources

-How to gather material when a full market research report isn’t available

- How patent searching can inform market research and vice versa



Commercialization of MIT Technology

Thursday, Jan. 26th; 11:00am - 2:30pm 


Deirdre Zammit, Associate Director of Licensing at MIT TLO

Lauren Foster, Associate Director of Licensing at MIT TLO 

Have you ever wondered how technology that’s developed in universities and other academic institutions gets translated into a product to benefit the public? This process is known as technology transfer, and tech transfer professionals at research organizations all over the world evaluate new inventions, protect intellectual property, and license the technology to third parties, such as start-up ventures or existing companies, for development and commercialization.



IP Speaker Series Networking Event (MIT Only)

Tuesday, Jan. 31st; 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 795 | 7th Floor - Hacker Reactor

The event is open to MIT undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, post-docs, staff, faculty, alumni. We invite you to join the TLO at the end of IAP to mingle, enjoy light programming and eat!


5:00 – TLO Introduction

5:10 – Food & Networking

5:30 – Startup Success Stories

6:00 – End

The food served will be light hor's d'oeuvres.



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