Technology Transfer Office to host presentation Feb. 15 on intellectual property, patent changes

Alice O. Martin and Peter Zura
Alice O. Martin and Peter Zura

NIU’s Technology Transfer Office will host a presentation on intellectual property from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in LaTourette Hall 200.

Alice O. Martin and Peter Zura from the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg will present on a variety of intellectual property topics:

  • How does the March 16 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office change to “First to File” affect the university researcher?
  • Are material transfer agreements really necessary for educational institution share?
  • Tips on presenting novel research without publicly disclosing.
  • Best practices for engagement of peer experts from other institutions for collaborative research on novel research while protecting IP rights.

Martin concentrates on international patent prosecution, litigation opinions and due diligence investigations. She is a member of the American Bar Association, co-chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Subcommittee on Plant Biotechnology and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

Zura’s practice includes preparing, prosecuting, and securing patent portfolio development and enforcement; preparing, prosecuting and securing patent protection for his clients’ innovations; and providing intellectual property counseling including advice on patent infringement, validity and large portfolio due diligence studies for acquisitions, licensing and pre-suit purposes.

The presentation is open to all. For more information, call (815) 753-2117 or email tto@niu.edu.

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