Entrepreneurship & Law Workshop Series, Session IV: Protecting Intellectual Property

Date and Time: 
Location: Entrepreneurial Hub, Event Room 115


The Keller Center is pleased to announce a series of legal workshops to be held in the spring semester of 2017, facilitated by Steven Spielvogel, co-founder of  NYC law firm Gallion & Spielvogel. The four workshops will be offered one Wednesday each month from February through May, 5:30-7pm. The full list of workshops can be found here. All sessions will be held in the Entrepreneurial Hub Room 115. Undergrads, grads, postdocs, and faculty are welcome to attend. Please note that registration for each workshop is required and dinner will be served.

Session IV: Protecting the Company’s Confidential Information and Intellectual Property

Topics to be discussed will include:

(i) non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements (NDAs);

(ii) distinguishing between, and issues relating to, patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; and

(iii) intellectual property assignment agreements, “works made for hire.”


Guest Speakers 

Brett Cooper is a Principal at McKool Smith and joined in 2008 helping the firm expand into New York. For more than 15 years, Mr. Cooper has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation, often with technology at the core of the dispute. Mr. Cooper has successfully managed numerous litigations in District Court as well as the International Trade Commission (ITC). He has also appeared with positive results before the Federal Circuit in appeals related to his work at the trial level. Mr. Cooper is frequently called upon to lecture on litigation issues. He has been invited to speak at the Practicing Law Institute and at St. John’s School of Law. He has also been interviewed and quoted in news articles that appear in IP360. Mr. Cooper is admitted in various district courts, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

James Thomason is the CTO and Chief Strategist at HyperGrid, an Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service leader that simplifies IT for the enterprise by providing consumption based, full stack cloud services on premises. James joins HyperGrid from Dell, where as CTO he led the vision, technology strategy, and product roadmap for Dell Cloud Marketplace, an online platform that makes it easy for businesses to compare, consume, and control cloud services. Mr. Thomason joined Dell through the acquisition of Gale Technologies in 2012, where as CTO he headed the product roadmap, architecture, and engineering of the company’s flagship cloud and converged infrastructure automation software, GaleForce.