New Year and New Patent Laws Scientists Should Know

New Year and New Patent Laws Scientists Should Know

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Want to make sure your creativity is not infringed? U.S. patents have always served as the protection for individual scientists and businesses; they provide exclusivity and barriers to the marketplace. On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, marking the first comprehensive change to patent law in over 50 years. Learn the specifics that every scientist should know and learn what the changes mean to businesses, inventors and lawyers. Join us as Michael Brodowski, patent partner at K&L Gates LLP, returns to ACS Webinars to discuss the recent changes to U.S. patent law!



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“New Year and New Patent Laws Scientists Should Know” A short presentation followed by typed chat Q&A, with speaker Michael Brodowski, partner of K&L Gates LLP.  


What You Will Learn:

  • Overview of the new laws under the America Invents Act
  • Why the first-inventor-to-file system may not be such a drastic change
  • Why early “disclosure” with one year grace period may not be a good option
  • Why good notebook practices remain relevant
  • How proactive patent portfolio management can ease the transition to the new law.
  • And much more…


Webinar Details:

LiveStream Presentation

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free


Meet Your Expert:

Michael Brodowski is a patent lawyer and partner in the Boston office of K&L Gates LLP. Michael has over 17 years of experience counseling clients regarding the establishment and exploitation of patent rights in the United States and abroad to support clients’ business objectives including patent reexamination, reissue, and opposition proceedings.  He also advises clients on avoiding the patent rights of others, and in connection with technology licenses and agreements, and patent due diligence.  Before entering the legal profession, Michael worked in the Product Development Group of the Toiletries Technology Laboratory of the Gillette Company. He is the first named inventor on U.S. and foreign patents. Michael received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester; a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.


You might also enjoy Michael’s previous ACS Webinar, Global Patent Protection and International Business Strategies!


The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



8 Responses to “New Year and New Patent Laws Scientists Should Know”

  1. Swati says:

    Could not access webinar

  2. nobby says:

    A great seminar, led by Michael. I appreciated his clear explanation of the major changes in US patent law – and the fast upload of the slides and the recording of the presentation. I thought Livestream worked well. Thanks !!

  3. Jim says:

    Where are the slides for the recent patent law webinar posted for downloading?

  4. admin says:

    Dear Swati – I’m sorry to hear you were having difficulties accessing the recorded webinar. Please go to our site at to view the recording. — ACS Webinars

  5. admin says:

    Dear Jim – the slides are posted on our site along with the recording at . — ACS Webinars

  6. Gary McLeod says:

    Is there a way to down load the webinar so that us users with lower speed dsl can buffer it up?

  7. admin says:

    Dear Gary — No, I’m sorry — but in a couple of days, please go to our website to view the recording and slides or watch for the video on You Tube.

  8. Larry Fishel, Ph.D. says:

    I found this to be a very interesting and informative seminar. I am not currently engaged in research & development activities, but am concerned about the future health and viability of U.S. inventors, particularly individuals and small entities. I believe them to be a vital part of our economic infrastructure and future.

    A minor point for ACS – I found the periodic musical time marker to be slightly distracting.

    Thank you very much for the opportunity to learn something new.

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