As noted, as Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Section for the Bar Association of Montgomery County (BAMC), I am pleased to report that the IP Section is having a continuing series of presentations on the fundamentals of intellectual property law at the Bar headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. See: http://montbar.site-ym.com/?62
With the increasing value of intellectual property in today’s economy, as well as the ongoing controversies, non-IP professionals, whether attorneys, scientists, business people, and interested citizens, all want to better understand the workings of these legal principles and tools. The first meeting was an overview of all IP rights.
The next meeting, December 1, 2015, will address the current issues and controversies involving patents, e.g., the so-called troll movement and ongoing legislative efforts in that regard. At the last meeting, on November 11, 2015, the basics of patents were discussed, along with the historical and societal underminings of patents in society, partoicularly in the United States with the strong support of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and other Founders, as well as Abraham Lincoln, a President well-versed in technology and greatly appreciative of the American system of patent law and the advantages accorded. Sadly, many of those advantages are being undermined by the rash of legislation, including the AIA.
Copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets will be covered in 2016.
As the speaker, I can say that the material will cover not only the law, but will include anecdotes about famous cases and inventors, putting the material into the context of the times. My materials have been collected and coalesced over the last 16 years as part of an in-depth course I teach at SMU to engineers, business people, teachers, students and other interested parties.
If anyone has any questions about the course and these meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me.
For attendees, I require an RSVP so that I can gauge the audience and handle logistics. So, if learning a little about IP law is of interest, this series of presentations will do the trick. I look forward to meeting you there!
Ray Van Dyke, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Section, BAMC