To kick off the UNL Maker Club Learning Series, Dr. Shane Farritor will share his experiences in patents and patent law from the perspective of a maker. He will discuss patent topics specifically important to makers including:
• How do I protect my idea prior to applying for a patent?
• Is a patent worth the time and expense?
• What characteristics of an idea make it patentable?
• Should I pursue a design or a utility patent?
• What will a patent do, and not do, for me?
Dr. Farritor will address these issues while talking through the patent process from the inception of the idea and to the embodiment of the invention, to the patent application and prosecution, and finally the issuing of the patent and sale of the product. He will describe the most common reasons patents are rejected and talk about both patentability and freedom to operate. The one hour talk will be followed by a discussion session.
Dr. Farritor is not a lawyer or legal expert. However, he has extensive experience in the patent process and is an inventor on about a 17 issued domestic and international patents and 40-50 pending applications.
Register for the noon or 6 p.m. timeslot at http://make.unl.edu/events. The evening event will be live-streamed by NET, so if you can't make it in person, watch it live at http://make.unl.edu/ on March 17th at 6 pm.
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/8dnf