Patent Bootcamp for Women and Minorities in STEM

University of Arkansas School of Law, E.J. Ball Courtroom

Friday, September 13, 2019
8:30am - 5:15pm

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Cost

Up to seven hours of general Continuing Legal Education credit will be available through this event (pending approval), and is offered free of charge.

Lunch will be provided.

Please visit the registration page to register.

Description

A one-day bootcamp for women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the basics of patent law and the patent application process.

Purpose:

  • to shed light on the acute "innovation gap" and patenting gap in Arkansas
  • to equip women and minorities in STEM with basic knowledge of U.S. patent law
  • to guide participants through the patent application process
  • to encourage participants to proactively protect their rights
  • empower participants with tools that they need to guard their innovation against theft and exploitation

Goals:

  • to identify and discuss the challenges women/minorities/indigenous communities face with protecting their innovation
  • to provide training about the U.S. patent system and the patenting process
  • to discuss recent efforts to overcome the gender and race gap in the U.S. patent system. Although the focus of the bootcamp is on patents and the patent process, alternatives to patent (e.g. trade secrets) will be addressed.

Topics:

  • The A-Z of Patent Law
  • Patent Application: The Nuts and Bolts
  • Trade Secrets vs. Patents: Options for Startups
  • Women/Minorities and the Patent System: Past, Present, and Future
  • Patenting Overseas: Options and Challenges
  • The Risks and Rewards of the Patent Application Process.

Although the primary target audience are women and minorities in STEM programs at the University of Arkansas, the bootcamp is open to entrepreneurs/innovators throughout Northwest Arkansas and beyond, including members of indigenous communities in the area with proprietary traditional knowledge.

Shontavia Johnson, associate vice president for academic partnerships and innovation, Clemson University; former director, Drake Intellectual Property Law Center; founder, LVRG

Hope Shimabuku, director, Texas Regional, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Presenters

  • Mary Beth Brooks, director, University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center; former executive vice president, Arvest Bank; former president and CEO, Bank of Fayetteville
  • Ellen Brune, senior manager II, Walmart; founder and CEO, Boston Mountain Biotech
  • Lisa C. Childs, patent attorney; assistant vice president for technology commercialization, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
  • Jeanne Curtis, patent attorney; consultant; former director, Cardozo/Google Project for Patent Diversity, Cardozo Law School
  • Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, E.J. Ball Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Ingrid Fritsch, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arkansas
  • Sarah Goforth, executive director, University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; adjunct professor, University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business
  • Angela J. Grayson, certified information privacy professional/United States; technology attorney; consultant; member and founder, Precipice IP PLLC
  • Shontavia Johnson, associate vice president for academic partnerships and innovation, Clemson University; former director, Drake Intellectual Property Law Center; founder, LVRG
  • Stacy Leeds, vice chancellor for economic development, University of Arkansas; professor, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Martha Londagin, executive consultant, Startup Junkie
  • Meredith Lowry, attorney, Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP
  • Heather Nachtmann, associate dean for research, University of Arkansas College of Engineering
  • Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, assistant professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • David Pieper, registered patent attorney and founding member, Keisling & Pieper PLC
  • April Seggebruch, co-founder and vice president, Movista
  • Christal Sheppard, assistant professor, University of Nebraska School of Law; former chief counsel on patents and trademarks for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary; former patent attorney, Foley and Lardner LLP
  • Hope Shimabuku, director, Texas Regional, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Tammy VanHeyningen, partner, Quarles and Brady LLP
  • Kathryn Wade, counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP
  • Debby Winters, partner, Eldridge Brooks Partners
  • Min Zou, Twenty-first Century Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Arkansas College of Engineering

Parking

Parking will be on campus. Visit the university parking map or the visitor parking guide for additional details. The university has four parking garages on campus that charge an hourly rate: Garland Avenue Parking Garage, Stadium Drive Parking Garage, Harmon Avenue Parking Garage and Meadow Street Parking Garage. The university parking map indicates the garage locations.

Sponsors

University of Arkansas School of Law

University of Arkansas Women’s Giving Circle

University of Arkansas Office of Economic Development