Reminder: seminar today at PHO211 at 6pm free dinner

The Impact of Intellectual Property on Product Development and Research in Telecommunications, Electronics and Medical Devices: Freedom-to-Operate, Opportunity Analysis, and Non-traditional Career Paths

Presenter: Brendan Sever and Michael Ritter from Global Prior Art (

Date: Thursday 3/4

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: Room 211, 8 St. Mary’s St, Boston, MA 02215 (the Photonics Center)

Dinner will be served. RSVP here is required.

Speaker Bio:

Michael C. Ritter

Associate with Global Prior Art’s Medical Devices consulting group

Mike is an Associate with the Medical Device Group at Global Prior Art.  Since joining Global in 2008, Mr. Ritter has worked in a variety of medical device spaces, including laparoscopic and arthroscopic surgery, glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, and obesity treatment.

Mr. Ritter received his M.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University, where he worked in Bela Suki’s lab, researching lung structure and physiology.  He specifically focused on modeling the roles of individual proteins in tissue failure.  He received his B.A. from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, with a concentration in physics.

Brendan Sever:

Senior Associate with Global Prior Art’s Semiconductors and Electronics consulting group

Brendan specializes in intellectual property for the fields of Computer Architecture, Integrated Circuits, and Semiconductor Manufacturing.  Since joining Global 3 years ago he has worked on numerous projects related to microprocessors, DRAMs, flash memory, power supply circuits, solar cells, video coding, GPS systems, telecommunication protocols, antenna design, semiconductor surface inspection, and more. Mr. Sever has broad experience reviewing U.S. literature and U.S. patents for numerous high stakes patent cases. He is also fluent in the German language and often reviews technical literature and patents that are uncovered by GPA’s European search team.

Mr. Sever holds a masters degree in computer systems engineering from Boston University and a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He started his career as an electrical engineer by designing automation systems for Switzerland’s largest food processing plant, BINA. After his work in Europe, Mr. Sever worked as an electronics engineer for Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin in California before moving to Boston and attending BU.

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