IPLS Elections and Class Panel

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 1:00 PM —   2:00 PM

Law 570

Elections for President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.

NOTE: If you want to run for President, Vice President, Treasurer, or
Secretary, you must have attended at least one IPLS meeting (the
elections don’t count), and we must have a valid email address on file
for you.

We will also have a panel to field questions about IP-related classes
you might want to take.

Sorry, no pizza, so bring your own lunch.

Talk by Evan Kaplan

There will be a talk by Evan Kaplan, Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, on his career path. He will also be fielding questions.

Where: Alumni Boardroom (4th floor)
When: Monday, Feb. 27th from 1:00-2:00pm.
Food will be provided!

Upcoming events!

Mark your calendars for couple of upcoming events!
**Location for the “Practicing IP without a technology background” lecture has been updated!**

Who: Michael Hamlin, Principal at Fish & Richardson
(1) Patent law and litigation in general and at Fish & Richardson,
(2) a day in the life of a patent practioner,
(3) what Fish & Richardson looks for in candidates
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, 1-2pm.
Location: Law 1434

Who: Matthew Kleiman, Corporate Counsel at Draper Laboratories,
Lecturer on Space Law at Boston University School of Law
Topic: Practicing IP without a technology background.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 4-5pm.
Location:  Alumni Boardroom (4th floor)

Introductory Meeting

Our very first meeting will be held on September 29th, in room 520.  We will be electing our 1L reps.  Oh and there will be food!

Lunch with Mark Kern (BU Law ’95), CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Red 5 Studios

Lunch with Mark Kern (BU Law ’95), CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Red 5 Studios – Tuesday, November 9th. 1-2 pm. Alumni Boardroom. Please sign-up for lunch on the board outside of the CDO door.

Mark Kern is a leader in the gaming industry. Mark possesses over 14 years of development experience for major game entertainment companies, including Blizzard Entertainment, Naughty Dog, and Interplay. Mark has just introduced “FireFall” a new videogame. The game is not so much a game as it is a proposed global economy. He was team lead on World of Warcraft (an enormous virtual world) and a key player in the development of MMO (massively multiplayer online games). Mark’s company, Red 5 Studios, just received $20M in funding to help build FireFall: http://www.firefallthegame.com/. Mark will discuss his current work, the daily intellectual property issues he encounters, and how his law degree has helped him.

Co-sponsored by CESLA, IP Law Society and the CDO.

BU Entrepreneur Design Contest

This comes by way of the College of Engineering:

We would like to welcome everybody to the 4th Annual Entrepreneur Design Contest!

Our kick-off event will be Friday October 15th. We will start our event with information about the event and free pizza. Following this, we will have a guest lecturer, Professor Paul Levine, speak about Innovation, Technology and Business Startups as part of the EDC Lecture Series. We encourage students from all disciplines to attend this event and participate. This is a great opportunity to learn how to apply your interests and specialties in industry.

EDC Lecture Series “Innovation, Technology and Business Startups”

Speaker: Prof. Paul Levine
When: Friday, October 15th @ 4:00 PM
Where: 8 St. Mary’s Street, PHO205
Food will be provided

Paul Levine is an Instructor at the Boston University School of Management and a member of the ITEC faculty. Paul has been a Venture Partner at Morganthaler Ventures since 1998. Prior to joining Morgenthaler, Paul served as CEO of Atria Software, where he built a software business that developed, distributed, and supported a high‐end management system for large software development teams. Paul took Atria public in 1994, and merged it with Pure Software in 1996. Prior to Atria, Paul served as Vice President of Engineering at Boston Technology, where he produced Telco central office‐based voice mail. Previously Paul worked in several engineering and business development positions at ON Technology, Prime Computer and Apollo Computer.

Please register for the event at: http://tinyurl.com/edcrsvp

Healthcare Consulting and Entrepreneurship Program (HCEP): Consulting Opportunity

This is an unpaid position but might be of interest to some of you.


Dear students,

We would like to present to you a unique educational and consulting opportunity with the Healthcare Consulting and Entrepreneurship Program (HCEP): a multidisciplinary graduate student group at Boston University that provides pro-bono business consulting services to address the spectrum of challenges facing early stage life science companies.

HCEP is currently looking to expand its membership. We are looking for members who:
• Are current BU graduate students in the engineering department (particularly with interests in biomedical technology and health care innovations), MBA program, medical school, and law school.
• Are self-motivated and hardworking individuals, and productive team members.
• Have an interest in learning about the entrepreneurial process and the commercialization of new technology.

This is a great practical opportunity if you are interested in a career in consulting or the business side of science, so we encourage you to apply.

Interviews will be held on October 11 and 12. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email us at BUhcep@gmail.com with your resume and a brief note on why you are interested by Friday, October 8. If you would like additional information, please feel free to reach out to us at BUhcep@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting you!
HCEP team

Technology Analyst Training


BU’s Technology Development Office has put up signups for their annual analyst training program.

The analyst program is a great way to gain exposure to patent law, technology licensing, and startups.

Exploring Careers in Technology Development

Most research universities, federal labs, and mid-to-large sized companies have some sort of technology transfer or intellectual property management program in place. Technology transfer is a rapidly growing field and all of these institutions are vying for qualified candidates for their growing technology transfer offices. The goal of Boston University’s analyst program is to provide graduate students in management, law, science and engineering with exposure to career alternatives beyond the traditional research path. This experience gives individuals with a technical background the business and intellectual property experience necessary to land an entry level position in technology licensing, patent law or business development. The program also provides business and law students with experience in the field of technology development and commercialization.

Learn more here: http://www.bu.edu/otd/education/internships/

I can speak from experience, its a great summer job for 1L students!

Sign up here:  http://bit.ly/analyst-training

If you have any questions, contact Jon Jensen at jjensen {at} bu.edu

Berkman Center for Internet & Society Open House

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is having an open house on September 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. It’s free and open to the public.

See details

Bilski — Throwing Back The Gauntlet

Patenly-O has more commentary on Bilski, including a great piece by Shubha Ghosh, Vilas Research Professor & Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Vilas writes:

Ultimately, Bilski v Kappos says more about how patent law is made in the United States than about patentable subject matter. By setting the clock back to 1982, the Supreme Court is telling the Federal Circuit to try again in devising workable rules for patent law. The Federal Circuit wrote an opinion that was goading the Supreme Court to address the issue of patentable subject matter after nearly three decades. The resulting opinion raises some fundamental and unsettled questions and, unfortunately, gives us the same, old answers.

Read the complete commentary at Patently-O, or read the complete opinion in Bilski v. Kappos.