Preserving Innovation: Navigating the Essentials of Intellectual Property Protection – Webinar

January 17, 2024 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Free Webinar.  Registration is required to attend.    Zoom information will be provided to registered attendees by January 16, 2023. 

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Summary overview

In high tech industries intellectual property may be a company’s most valuable asset.  Protection of a company’s IP – patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets – can be a key strategy for obtaining and maintaining competitive advantage in the marketplace.  This webinar will focus primarily on patents, including what might makes a patent essential for a protecting innovation, the legal requirements necessary for obtaining a patent in the U.S., and the particulars of the application process in the U.S.

Target audience

This webinar is intended for corporate counsel or persons in other leadership positions in companies that are developing innovations that they would like to protect from being copied by competitors. The content would also be beneficial to inventors within such companies that are involved in developing the innovations.

Benefits of attending the course

To obtain a better understanding of intellectual property, in particular patent law, as well as an understanding of when a patent might be the best vehicle for protecting an innovation and when other forms of protection my be more appropriate as well as to gain a better understanding about what hurdles must be overcome to obtain a patent and the process involved in doing so.

Topics covered in course

  • Forms of intellectual property and how they might be protected
  • What rights/benefits a patent conveys to a patentee
  • Legal Requirements for obtaining a patent
    • Anticipation
    • Obviousness
    • Written description/enablement
    • Patent Eligible Subject Matter
  • Procedure for applying for a patent


Greg Gerstenzang – Lando & Anastasi 

Greg works with clients of all sizes to leverage their intellectual property assets through strategic patent portfolio development and management. He prosecutes patent applications domestically and abroad in a wide range of technologies from water and wastewater treatment to solid state physics. Greg uses the insight gained from nearly a decade of technical experience in the semiconductor industry to maximize clients’ return on their intellectual property.

Greg spent several years working in semiconductor device fabrication for Intel Corporation in various positions, including process engineering and quality control. Specific projects included the transfer of new manufacturing technology from development to high volume production factories, various process optimization and cost reduction projects, and the development of systems for the monitoring of production and quality metrics.

John Spangenberger – Lando & Anastasi 

John brings deep technology expertise to his work with L&A’s Electronics, Computer Technology & Software, and Medical Devices groups. His work and academic experience have exposed him to a wide range of technologies, including sensors and electronic instrumentation, advanced electronics, integrated chip fabrication and design, and embedded systems. John has prosecuted and written applications in a variety of technical areas, including:

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Cybersecurity and Secure Transactions
  • Data-Center Design and Management
  • Power-Distribution and Power-Conversion Systems Design

Prior to his career at L&A, John worked at one of Procter & Gamble’s largest manufacturing facilities, where he was responsible for leading an issue-resolution team in the field of lean manufacturing. He devised and implemented solutions for a wide range of electrical and mechanical problems, and trained line teams in a variety of areas.

While at Rensselaer, John led various teams in fields ranging from volunteer construction work to embedded-systems design innovation. One team, sponsored by Cypress Semiconductors, was challenged to improve and popularize a Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC). The group created a control system to regulate the internal conditions of a thermal chamber designed to house a 3-D printer.

John received three distinct awards upon graduating from Suffolk University Law School: the Daniel J. Fern Award for graduating with the highest cumulative average within the evening program; the Judge Harry Kalus Book Award for demonstrating excellence in the Massachusetts Practice course; and the Benjamin Kaplan Copyright Award for demonstrating excellence in the Copyright course. John also received three Jurisprudence Awards for the highest grades in Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, and Business Entity Fundamentals, respectively.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at Suffolk University Law School where he teaches a required first year class called “Legal Writing Skills.” The course instructs students on how to analyze a set of facts to identify legal issues and research the law governing those issues; outline a legal argument objectively and persuasively; draft memoranda of law and legal briefs; and draft preventative legal documents, such as contracts. John also mentors students on how to conduct themselves in the legal profession and prepares them for oral advocacy in a court setting.

Registration is required to attend.    Zoom information will be provided to registered attendees by January 16, 2023. 

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