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IP Strategy: Patentability, Freedom to Operate, Prior Art & Patent Strategies
Join us on December 8th for a seminar on Intellectual Property (IP) strategy for academic entrepreneurs. Our speakers will cover topics including ownership of IP, what makes an invention patentable, how to evaluate prior art, and what it means to have freedom to operate in a technology area.

- Sarah ML Wilkening, Ph.D. (Patent Agent, Troutman Pepper)
- Christopher C. "Rusty" Close Jr. (Partner, Troutman Pepper)

This event is the fourth session in the Bench2Market Talks series which was created to provide commercialization guidance to life science innovators. The series covers topics to help bring your technology from the lab to commercial success and explore market opportunities surrounding entrepreneurial and innovative ideas.

Dec 8, 2021 11:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Christopher C. "Rusty" Close Jr.
Partner @Troutman Pepper
Rusty's practice focuses primarily on technology businesses, manufacturers, and universities and higher education institutions. He has extensive experience in computer software and computer-implemented technologies, including various social media, electronic commerce and payments, network security, Internet of Things, power management, and electronic medical record and healthcare systems. In addition to his patent expertise, Rusty has broad experience developing IP strategies, including preparing and prosecuting a wide range of patent applications and drafting and negotiating IP agreements.
Sarah ML Wilkening, Ph.D.
Patent Agent @Troutman Pepper
Sarah is a registered patent agent in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. She helps clients to prepare and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a wide variety of technologies. Sarah represents clients in a large range of technology areas, including chemical, polymer, material, life sciences, mechanical, semiconductor, and software technologies.