Technology Transfer Office to present intellectual property seminars

The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office (TTO) will present free seminars on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The first seminar will be held at the Weisberg Applied Engineering Complex in room 1205 from 2 to 3 p.m. and will focus on engineering-related intellectual properties. The second seminar will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center in room 102 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and will include discussions on intellectual properties from biological sciences, physical sciences, forensics and life sciences.

Each program will begin with an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright) and will continue with a focus specifically on the various types of patent protection. The program will cover the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent, 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 sessions will be led by attorney Terry Wright of the firm Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, and Amy Melton, director of the Marshall University Technology Transfer Office.

Wright has extensive experience advising clients ranging from small, privately held companies to multinational, publicly traded companies. He regularly prepares protection plans for intellectual property associated with consumer goods, medical and other mechanical devices, and life sciences-associated technologies.

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.

Melton has been with the Marshall University Technology Transfer Office since 2004, providing guidance for university faculty, staff and students. Her business acumen led her to earn bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics and culminated with her M.B.A., all from Marshall University. During her tenure, she has amassed extensive experience in all facets of the technology commercialization process from idea generation; federal, state and foundation grant funding support; and corporate-sponsored research support, research collaboration networking, material transfer, export control, conflict of interest management, angel and venture capital, commercial licensing and business startup development.

The seminars are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Please send reservations to For more information, contact Melton by phone at at 304-696-4365.