USPTO Office Hours at Columbia Tech Ventures
For our researchers trying to move promising early-stage technology out of the research lab and onto the market, patents are often an important tool. While clearly not the only success factor, strong intellectual property protection allows emerging companies to maintain their competitive advantage, justify significant R&D expenditures, and enhance their investable assets. This is why we at CTV file nearly 300 new patent applications every year on behalf of Columbiaâ€™s researchers, and maintain over 1000 patents available for licensing to power the businesses of tomorrow.
However, the patent landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years with the America Invents Act, and more changes are likely ahead. Accordingly, we are proud to launch USPTO Office Hours @ Columbia, featuring Dr. Mindy Bickel, the USPTOâ€™s Innovation and Outreach Coordinator. A 20-year veteran of the USPTO (and a Columbia alum, PhD in Chemistry, GSAS â€™88), Mindy will be available for 20-minute private and free sessions once a month at CTVâ€™s offices, in order to help guide Columbia inventors and entrepreneurs. Click here to learn more and to reserve a time slot.
If youâ€™d like a refresher on patents, Columbiaâ€™s Chief Patent Counsel Jeff Sears will be offering his Patents 101 lecture at the Columbia Medical Center Campus on November 7. I also have the privilege of speaking on two relevant panel discussions this month, which may be of interest. The first, hosted by Pace and the MIT Enterprise Forum on November 7, is â€œEntrepreneurship NYC : The role of universities in the NYC ecosystemâ€. The second, hosted by Google and the USPTO on November 12 is "Patent Basics for Start-Ups". All events are free and open to the public with advanced registration. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events.
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer