NOTE: If you are an employee of an ECS Corporate Member organization, you are entitled to a complimentary registration to this tutorial. Please complete the Vancouver Meeting registration form and return it to ECS via fax or e-mail (do not register online).
An Introduction for Research Scientists, Engineers and Technologists
E. Jennings Taylor, Instructor
This half-day tutorial (1400-1700h) will provide an introduction to the various forms of intellectual property, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights, with an emphasis on patents. The objective of the tutorial is to provide the electrochemist/engineer an appreciation of the patenting process and not to replace legal counsel.
This tutorial will provide an introduction to the various forms of intellectual property, trade secrets, trademarks, and copyrights with an emphasis on patents. The foundation of modern patent principles will be traced from their origin in the U.S. Constitution, their early development and recent status. Topics to be covered include:
Analogies between intellectual property and tangible property;
Distinction between an author of a scientific paper and inventor on a patent.
Statutory criteria for obtaining a U.S. patent:
Enabling description; and
Lack of prior public disclosure;
The tutorial will provide the basis for determination of novelty vis-à-vis prior art. In addition, the difference between “technical obviousness” and “legal obviousness” will be clarified. Finally, the nuances regarding public disclosure will be addressed. This tutorial will introduce the various forms of patent claims in view of claim elements and will culminate with case studies of the patent examination process along with the potential for citation analysis as a tool for identifying potential strategic partners. In closing, the purpose of the tutorial is not to replace the patent counsel, but rather to facilitate informed interaction between the scientist/engineer/technologist inventor with said patent counsel.
About the Instructor
E. Jennings Taylor is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Faraday Technology Inc., an electrochemical engineering and R&D company, and the Managing Member of Faraday Technology Marketing Group LLC, an intellectual property management firm. Dr. Taylor attended his first ECS meeting as a graduate student in 1978 and has published and patented widely in the electrochemical arts since then. In addition to a PhD in materials science from the University of Virginia and MS in technology strategy from Boston University, Dr. Taylor is admitted to prepare and prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as a registered patent agent (53,676).