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Join us for a webinar series on Investing in University Startup Companies.

July 13  |  Intellectual Property Due Diligence: A Critical Prerequisite to Funding Startup Companies

Speakers: Lekha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.Frank Amini, Ph.D., and Jonathan Van

Topics discussed include  intellectual property due diligence for venture capital transactions. We are grateful for our


Join us for a webinar series on Investing in University Startup Companies.

June 22  |  Overview of Venture Capital Deals: What Founders Need to Know
Speakers: Alex AllemannKristin Naidysh, and Andrew Steele

Topics discussed include legal issues, financial structures and implications. We are grateful for our guest panelists from Activant.



Join us for a webinar series on Investing in University Startup Companies.
June 8  |  Legal and Financial Due Diligence: Looking Under the Hood
Topics discussed include legal issues, financial structures and implications, and intellectual property due diligence for venture capital transactions. We are

Winstead PC is collaborating with Texas Health Catalyst at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to support entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of developing their healthcare technology products.

Spearheaded by Dr. Nishi Viswanathan, Texas Health Catalyst is based on a unique model focused on the development of early-stage

Carbon capture technologies generally pertain to the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) by certain materials or systems.  Such materials or systems can then process the captured CO2 in various manners, such as through storage at a remote site, chemical conversion, or secondary uses.

In view of global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, carbon capture technologies have found numerous commercial applications.  Patent protection can help facilitate and incentivize such commercialization efforts by providing exclusivity.

In the United States, utility patents provide protection for any “new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.” [1]  During the term of a patent, patent holders can exclude others from making, using, offering to sell, or selling any patented invention in the United States, and importing any patented invention into the United States[2].

A proper patent protection strategy can help maximize the commercialization potential of a carbon capture technology.  In devising such a patent protection strategy, patent applicants should at least consider the following guidelines:

  • Conduct prior art searches before seeking patent protection;
  • File a patent application before any sales or public disclosures;
  • Start patent protection early by filing a provisional patent application;
  • Continue patent protection by filing an international patent application;
  • Claim different aspects of the carbon capture technology;
  • Emphasize the unpredictable aspects of the carbon capture technology; and
  • Consider modes of protection other than utility patents.

Continue Reading Clearing the Air: Patent Protection Strategies for Carbon Capture Technologies

Join Winstead’s Higher Education Team at the 2021 Rice Business Plan Competition on April 6-9, 2021. For the second time, the event will be virtual. This year, Winstead is again a Bronze Underwriter’s Sponsor. The four-day competition, entering its 21st year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and

Join Winstead’s IP and Higher Education Team at the 2021 AUTM Annual Meeting on March 15-18, 2021. This year the event will be virtual. The four-day virtual meeting provides educational and partnering opportunities for approximately 2,000 technology transfer professionals, researchers and intellectual property experts from around the world. Learn more.

Date: Monday, March 15 

Winstead attorneys Frank Amini, Ph.D. and Lekha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.  will present a webinar on the topic of protecting trade secrets.

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Trade secrets can be an institution’s most valuable and prolonged assets. However, maintaining trade secrets in an institution can be challenging because trade secret protection requires the implementation of proactive and consistent safeguarding measures. The implementation of such safeguarding measures can be particularly challenging if an institution has multiple employees, departments, offices, or collaborators. Additionally, the rise of remote working environments during the COVID-19 pandemic has further escalated these challenges. Furthermore, determining whether or not trade secret protection is appropriate for a particular invention can be complex, especially if various aspects of the invention must be published or disclosed to regulatory agencies.

Continue Reading ON-DEMAND WEBINAR | Protecting Your Valuable Assets: How To Effectively Identify, Select And Maintain Your Institution’s Trade Secrets

YouTube is a well-known video sharing website that allows users to view, upload, share, rate, and comment on videos.  Generally, the user streaming the video from YouTube cannot download, copy, or save the video.

Stream ripping allows users to save streamed media from websites, such as YouTube. provides an online stream ripping service that

In July 2016, the USPTO launched the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program to provide a fast-track review for cancer immunotherapy-related patent applications without the need for applicants to pay a petition fee.  Under this program, patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy are advanced out of turn for examination, resulting in accelerated review.

The program aims to