Winstead PC presents the Intellectual Property Webinar Series focused on relevant strategies for both startup and established technology companies in the space. Join us for a wide range of discussions from IP protection to litigation, licensing to technology transfer. Click the blue title to access the on-demand webinars.

IP Protection

  • Overview of Intellectual Property (Patents, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and Trademarks)
    This presentation provides an overview of how patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks can be utilized to safeguard the intellectual property (IP) rights of inventions. This presentation also discusses the general benefits of IP protection, and guidelines for devising an effective IP protection strategy.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Differences Between Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
    This presentation summarizes the characteristics and requirements of each of the major categories of intellectual property.  |  Speaker: Sam Udovich​​​​​​​
  • Overview of Patent Prosecution
    This presentation provides an overview of patent prosecution, the process for obtaining a patent in the U.S. and abroad. This presentation also discusses the statutory hurdles that must be overcome before a patent can be granted and best practices for devising an effective patent protection strategy.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Navigating Patent Eligibility Hurdles in the United States Patent and Trademark Office
    Inventions that are eligible for patenting include any new and useful processes, machines, manufactures or compositions of matter. However, subject matters that are considered to be laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not considered to be eligible for patenting. This presentation provides an overview of the scope of patentable subject matter, and how to navigate patent eligibility rejections in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Intellectual Property Strategies for Protecting Software
    Today, software is a part of everyday life. It is used in almost every major industry from the pharmaceutical industry to the automotive industry from the defense industry to the marketing industry. Software is everywhere. And it is important to protect such innovations. This presentation discusses an overview of intellectual property rights in software followed by protecting software using copyright, protecting software using patents, protecting software using trade secrets and protecting software using trademarks. Intellectual property is a category of property that includes intangible creations of the human intellect. Such intellectual property may be protected using copyrights, patents, trade secrets and trademarks.  |  Speaker: Bobby Voigt
  • Inventorship vs. Authorship vs. Ownership
    The presentation looks at the interplay between the three concepts of inventorship, authorship and ownership and the importance of each in patent procurement and commercialization.  |  Speaker: Lekha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.
  • Utilizing Trade Secrets to Protect Inventions
    An institution’s trade secrets can be its most valuable and prolonged assets. However, institutions must take steps to protect their trade secrets. This presentation provides an overview of trade secret law, and the steps required to protect trade secrets.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets: How To Identify And Maintain Your Institution’s Trade Secrets
    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. | Speakers: Lekha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D. & Frank Amini, Ph.D.

IP Licensing and Technology Transfer

  • Importance of Licensing Agreements in the Commercialization of Inventions
    An intellectual property license agreement is a legal contract between a licensor and a licensee, where the licensor grants the licensee the right to use licensor’s intellectual property for various purposes, including the commercialization of inventions. This presentation provides an overview of license agreements, including key provisions, drafting guidelines, and due diligence guidelines.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Foreign Filing Licenses
    This presentation will provide an overview of foreign filing licenses.  |  Speaker: Lekha Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.
  • The Importance of Non-Disclosure Agreements in the Protection of Confidential Information
    Non-disclosure agreements (also referred to as NDAs or confidentiality agreements) are agreements that protect confidential information exchanged between parties for various purposes. This presentation provides an overview of non-disclosure agreements, including the types of confidential information that can be protected by non-disclosure agreements, the key provisions of nondisclosure agreements, the benefits obtained from executing non-disclosure agreements, and guidelines for drafting effective nondisclosure agreements.  |  Speaker: Frank Amini, Ph.D.
  • Perfection of Security Interests in Intellectual Property
    This presentation will summarizes the requirements for perfecting security interests in different categories of intellectual property. The presentation address the questions of what statements need to be filed and where the statements need to be filed. The presentation also includes basic drafting tips for IP security agreements.  |  Speaker: Sam Udovich​​​​​​​

IP Litigation