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Deeper knowledge dive into Practical Patenting Tips for Startups


Intellectual Property has become a significant part of the valuation of every hardware startup. Learn how to enhance your worth. If you already know the difference between a provisional, utility or design patent and you need much more information, then this 2 hour knowledge based training is for you.

Does your startup really need to worry about patent protection? After all, your resources are already strained with everything else you have to do just to get a product to market. Why is IP so expensive—is it worth it? You may have seen other patent presentations that spent a lot of time ethereal legal concepts and policy. This isn’t that. Brian Mangum will give practical advice about how startups can start building a patent portfolio, including examples to help you begin drafting a provisional patent specification and drawings, as well other money-saving strategies. We will also briefly discuss why IP is so important to nearly every company, no matter its industry or stage of life.

Learn in-depth knowledge and get professional help/mentoring about practical patenting tips for startups.

Presented by Brian Mangum, Senior Counsel - Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Brian Mangum specializes in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, intellectual property counseling, and patent litigation. Representative technologies with which he has experience include web and cloud computing software and hardware, electronic commerce software and advertising placement, computer processor architecture, battery system hardware and management software, digital rights management, digital signal processing, semiconductor fabrication, instrumentation optics, and groundwater treatment systems.

Before joining the firm, Brian was in-house counsel at a pioneering Austin-based lithium-ion battery company, where he focused on developing and protecting the company’s patent intellectual property assets related to software, electrical, and mechanical inventions, as well as negotiating and drafting a wide variety of commercial agreements and managing the company’s trademark and brand protection programs. Brian began his legal career in 2004 with Finnegan, Henderson in Palo Alto, California before returning to Texas in 2007.

Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering—Electrical Engineering Track from Texas A&M University in 2002. During his undergraduate studies, Brian completed two cooperative education terms at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he programmed trajectory software for the Space Shuttle program and developed and programmed interactive computer-based training modules for NASA astronauts and flight controllers. After graduation, Brian helped design and programmed a robotic sample preparation system for the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Brian earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2005. During law school, Brian served two years as a legal research and writing teaching assistant and 1L mentor through the Teaching Quizmaster program. He also served on the Texas International Law Journal and the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.

Mr. Mangum is admitted to practice in the states of Texas and California, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and several United States District Courts.

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