An understanding of intellectual property law and its protections is important for any business owner and especially for small or family-owned businesses. A company’s intellectual property, which may include patents, trademarks, trade secrets, or copyrighted works, may be more valuable than its physical assets. Knowing how to protect and exploit intellectual property rights is an invaluable tool for business owners. This primer will provide an overview of patent, trademark and copyright law and will provide strategies for protecting, managing, and enforcing intellectual property rights. Topics will include: (a) patentable inventions and the patent application process; (b) trademarks and trade dress and federal registration for marks; (c) copyright protection and registration; and (d) best practices for handling and avoiding patent, trademark, and copyright disputes.
About the Presenters:
Bruce Jobse is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group at Burns & Levinson. Prior to joining the firm, he co-founded and managed the Boston patent law firm Rissman Jobse et al. Bruce has over 25 years experience in the intellectual property field, including working as a corporate patent counsel with IBM Corporation. He prepares, prosecutes and maintains patent and trademark portfolios for clients ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations. Bruce received a J.D., cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in 1990. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University College of Engineering.
Sara Yevics Beccia is an associate in Burns & Levinson’s Intellectual Property and Privacy and Data Security groups. She concentrates her practice on domestic and international trademark, copyright, unfair competition, false advertising and internet-related matters. Sara also has experience with and great interest in current legal issues relating to the internet, including privacy issues, domain name disputes and the challenges brand owners face with keyword advertising and use of social media. She received a J.D., cum laude, in 2006, from Boston University School of Law, where she was a member of the Boston University Law Review. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Lafayette College in 2003.