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Protecting and Leveraging Intellectural Property

  • 04 Dec 2007
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Bay Colony Office Park Conference Center, 1100 Winter Street, Waltham, MA. PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, Waltham.


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Meeting Overview:

Startup and early stage entrepreneurs often focus on building a product or services company around technological innovations. Tonight’s panel explores other options for monetizing issued and pending patents. A highly experienced panel of attorneys, licensing executives, and patent brokers will discuss licensing and related strategies for realizing a return on investments in Intellectual Property while avoiding major pitfalls.


Joseph J. Coté, Jr., President, Coté Associates, “The Smoke and Mirrors Behind IP Licensing Deals – How The Davids Can Work With The Goliaths As Equals.”

Joe has been working in the area of Intellectual Property strategy and commercialization for 20 years.  He ran licensing operations for GTE Laboratories in Waltham, MA and Rockwell Scientific in Thousand Oaks, CA.  For both of the organizations, Joe took over failing licensing activities and succeeded in turning them into profitable operations.  His specialty has been to quickly identify and develop the Intellectual Property strategy of an organization and bring it into alignment with the overall Business Strategy of the company.  In this capacity Joe has developed skills in identifying valuable IP, developing a preferred commercialization strategy for that technology (licensing, spinout, joint venture, outright sale or startup), executing the agreed upon strategy and monitoring the technologies product development and introduction. In addition to running licensing operations for R&D centers, Joe was one of the founders of IPValue Management Inc., an IP commercialization consulting firm.  He also worked for Arthur D. Little Enterprises, as the VP of IP Commercialization and Marketing.

Brian Moriarty, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, “How NOT to Turn Licensing Negotiations into Litigation.”

Brian Moriarty's practice focuses on IP litigation, opinions, licensing, patent prosecution, and related counseling. He is one of only a handful of registered patent attorneys in the U.S. who also has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. A seasoned trial attorney, Brian has extensive experience as lead trial counsel in many and varied patent and intellectual property cases. He recently served as lead counsel for the pharmaceutical patent trials concerning the billion-dollar drugs Prilosec and Zofran and was involved in the successful effort to invalidate patents covering Prozac. He has also served as lead trial counsel in a case concerning the use of a laser for medical treatment and a case concerning licensing of a photo-optics patent. Brian has substantial experience in matters involving lasers, RFID technology, pharmaceutical compounds and formulations, immunology, medical devices, business methodologies, mechanical systems, and computer software.


Robert Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC, “What Every CEO Needs To Know About The Value Of Patents.”

Robert Weber has been involved in intellectual property as patent broker, inventor, entrepreneur, and business strategist. Highlighted accomplishments include for Open Security Solutions, LLC, licensing a portfolio of patents to a major patent licensing and assertion firm (“patent troll”). From 1996 to 1999 Weber was SVP, Business and Technology Strategy at InterTrust Technologies. He is a co-inventor of a large patent portfolio that was eventually licensed to Microsoft for nearly a half billion dollars.  Weber is a named inventor on 18 issued US patents, 17 relating to information security and Digital Rights Management. From 1990 to 1995 he was a Principal Consultant at Northeast Consulting Resources (prior to its acquisition by NerveWire). His consulting practice focused on helping publishing and information access and distribution companies respond to the then emerging Internet and related copyright issues. NCRI clients included Mead Data Central and then Lexis-Nexis, IBM, and the Association of American Publishers.



J. Scott Southworth, Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney

Mr. Southworth is founder of an independent private practice in patent and intellectual property (IP) law. He has worked extensively with entrepreneurs and start-up companies developing patent portfolios and counseling them on a broad range of intellectual property issues.  He has also performed patent and IP legal work for major technology and computer companies, as well as for educational institutions.  His legal publications include articles on provisional patent applications and publicizing inventions on web sites.  Prior to obtaining his law degree, he has had extensive work experience in the computer field at Digital Equipment Corporation, Apollo Computer, and Hewlett-Packard. He has published several technical articles and books, including several articles on hypertext linking.  Mr. Southworth obtained his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, Magna Cum Laude, with a High Technology Concentration with Distinction, and his undergraduate degree from MIT. 

Site and Cost:

Note: Meeting is at the Bay Colony Office Park Conference Center, 1100 Winter Street, Waltham, MA. PRE-MEETING DINNER at 5:15 PM (sharp) at Bertucci's, Waltham.  Directions

5:15 PM Pre-meeting Dinner
Bertucci's Restaurant
475 Winter St., (exit 27B off Route 128), Waltham, MA ("pay-as-you-go")

7:00 - 10:00PM Meeting Presentation
The Bay Colony Office Park Conference Center, 1100 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

There is a $20.00 fee for nonmembers of ENET.

No reservations are necessary for either the meeting or dinner.

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