IP Strategy: how to make the most of patents, copyrights, and trademarks

November 3, 2020

Speaker Slides

IP Strategy for Startups: How To Make The Most Of Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks & Trade Secrets

J. Peter Fasse, Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C.

Types of Intellectual Property – Special Focus on Patents

Anita M. Bowles, Ph.D. | Special Counsel, McCarter & English, LLP

Intellectual Property (IP) includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. An IP strategy for a startup or early stage company should describe how and when to allocate scarce resources – human and financial resources – to many areas, including IP. IP strategies will necessarily differ depending on the vertical market the company is addressing – high tech, mobile, medical devices, and biotech, for instance.

Questions that our panel of experts will address include:

  • What are patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks?
  • What protections do each of these forms of IP offer to the company, its investors, and shareholders?
  • What are the tradeoffs between investing in IP, product development, and getting to market?
  • What are the technology and market differences in the timing of investing in IP?
  • When do investors care about IP?
  • When and where should companies consider protecting IP in foreign countries?

This meeting’s presentations and discussion will cover the importance of IP to various people and aspects of startup companies, including, founders, investors, inventors, engineering, product development, and marketing.

A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.


5:30 – 6:45 PM – Open networking (Online), attendees should register at https://grapevine.today/ before the meeting

7:00 – 7:10 PM – ENET Chairperson’s announcements

7:10 – 7:25 PM – eMinute Pitch – Up to 2 Startup companies’ presentations – E-Minute Pitches are short 90-second presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

7:25 – 8:10 PM – 3 expert speakers, discussing the night’s topic

8:10 – 8:30 PM – Moderator and audience Q&A with the speakers

8:30 – 9:00 PM – Networking on Gravevine.today

(all times are USA Eastern Daylight time)


Anita M. Bowles, Ph.D. | Special Counsel, McCarter & English, LLP

Dr. Anita Bowles has more than 14 years of experience as a patent professional. Her practice focuses on the fields of physics, software, electrical and mechanical engineering, medical devices, and the interface between biology and electrical, mechanical and computer technologies. Anita has assisted clients in developing IP strategy and patent protection in a broad range of technologies, including semiconductor processing and devices, optical systems, machine vision systems, software, sports equipment, mechanical systems, microelectromechanical systems, medical devices, surgical tools, medical implants, and modeling of biological systems. Anita assists clients with patent drafting, worldwide patent prosecution, patentability analysis, infringement analysis, and freedom to operate analysis. Anita has also supported patent litigation in the Federal courts and proceedings in the International Trade Commission addressing infringement of patents.

Anita graduated as salutatorian from Suffolk University Law School. Prior to law school, Anita received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s physics department for her work quantifying thermo-mechanical properties of organic thin films. While in graduate school, she also conducted research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, exploring high energy density materials under ultrahigh pressure. As an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she researched particle identification cuts for data produced in high energy particle accelerator experiments.

J. Peter Fasse, Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C.

Peter Fasse is a Principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson (Fish), and has been working at Fish since 1987. Peter has two B.S. degrees from MIT, in Life Sciences and Bioelectrical Engineering. His practice emphasizes client counseling, opinion work, and patent prosecution in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis on healthcare, Life Sciences, medical devices, and other biomedical fields. Peter helps clients from start-ups to multinationals to develop competitive worldwide patent strategies and to establish solid and defensible patent portfolios. He performs competitive patent analyses, IP due diligence to support company acquisitions, identifies third-party patent risks, and provides patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions. Peter also has experience in opposing and defending patents in U.S. litigation and post-grant proceedings and before the European Patent Office. Peter has experience in various fields including medical therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, imaging, microfluidic systems, RNAi and CRISPR therapeutics, dendritic cell- and DNA- based vaccines, liquid biopsy, engineered AAV systems, next generation sequence analysis, nanoparticle and vector-based delivery, cell culturing and bioprocessing, optics, and lasers.

Moderator and Speaker:

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC

Bob Weber is an intellectual property professional, inventor, serial entrepreneur, senior executive, and management consultant. Presently, he is Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC, a company that helps entrepreneurs and patent owners build and monetize valuable patent portfolios. Weber is an inventor with 28 issued US patents and a number of foreign counterparts assigned to Intertrust Technologies where he served as SVP Business and Technology Strategy, 1996-1999. The Intertrust portfolio was characterized in the Wall Street Journal as a “once in a generation billion-dollar licensing opportunity.” Weber has also been a Principal Consultant at Northeast Consulting Resources, Inc. At NCRI, his consulting practice focused on strategies for information creation, access and distribution; clients included Fortune 50 companies. Weber divides his time between Silicon Valley and Boston. He served on the Advisory Board of the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs Network (“ENET”) at various times between 2004 until June, 2019. Weber has been a member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society since 2010 and presently serves on the chapter’s Board of Directors and Program Committee. Weber also served on the organizing committee for the ConnectedThings2015 and ConnectedThings2016 IoT conferences produced by the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Co-Meeting Organizers:

William R. Byrnes

Bill’s legal practice assists entrepreneurial companies with the legal issues they face with a focus on day-to-day commercial issues involving customers, vendors, and other third-party relationships. Bill received his undergraduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Boston University, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from Boston University Law School, Graduate Tax Division. He is also a member of Boston ENET’s Advisory Board and Executive Committee.

William Mansfield, Secretary Of Boston ENET

Attorney Mansfield is a patent attorney and is a lawyer in MA & NY; high bar exam scores allowed him to waive into the D.C. Circuit. He won the CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering. He assists clients with corporate and intellectual property law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, trade secret protection, strategic partnerships, and succession planning.

From 2004, he has worked on legal matters & he has counseled entrepreneurs/startups since 2009 thru Mansfield Law. He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and e-commerce patents. He has filed for global IP protection and has a network of foreign IP professionals.

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