Technology Transfer Office to present intellectual property workshop

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office will present a free workshop, “The Roadmap from Laboratory to Market—Part I:  Intellectual Property Protection,” on Thursday, July 8.

Designed for scientists and engineers, the workshop will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. in Room 402 of the Drinko Library on the Marshall University campus in Huntington.

The workshop 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 Lexington, 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.

A follow-up workshop focusing on investment capital, development assistance and take-to-market management talent is scheduled for Monday, July 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington. The program will be presented by Ron Basini of the West Virginia Angel Network.

Both workshops are free, but reservations are requested. Send reservations to For more information, contact Amy Anastasia at (304) 696-4365.



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



Professors learn about intellectual property [WV Public Radio:  July 12, 2010] – audio available

Marshall University works to help researchers learn about patent law [Herald-Dispatch:  July 11, 2010]