Technology Transfer Office to present intellectual property seminar, introduce online invention disclosure system

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office (TTO) will present a free seminar on Friday, Sept. 9, from 2-4:30 p.m. in Room 402 of the Drinko Library on the Marshall University campus in Huntington. The seminar will also be available via videoconference on the South Charleston campus in room AC211 and on the Beckley campus in room W21.

The program will begin with an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark and copyright) and will continue with a focus specifically on patent protection in a university setting. The program will cover not only the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent, but also will include discussions about university ownership of inventions; the differences between a patent application and a technical publication; the differences between inventorship and authorship; issues to consider to preserve patent rights in an academic setting; and determining if an invention is ready for patenting.

The session will be led by attorney Terry Wright of the firm Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Ky. He is one of 16 registered patent attorneys at the firm and is a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Service Group. His practice focuses on patent‐related aspects of intellectual property, including patent drafting, patent prosecution, and counseling clients about infringement, validity and patentability.

Wright has a background in life sciences and experience with academic research in the areas of cardiovascular biology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and biotechnology. He counsels companies and university technology transfer/licensing offices regarding strategies for protecting patent‐based intellectual property.

Wright’s presentation will be followed by an introduction of the TTO’s new online invention disclosure system and a brief review of the technology transfer process at Marshall University, led by Amy Melton, TTO assistant director.

The program is free but reservations are requested. Send reservations to For more information, contact Melton at (304) 696-4365.

Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964