ECE Seminar Lecture Series

Introduction to Patents

Michael Fisher, PhD, Intellectual Property Attorney, Dechert LLP

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Noon–1 p.m.

Wegmans Hall 1400

Michael Fisher







Abstract: You’ve come up with a new invention and want to protect it.  How should you proceed?  This talk will provide an overview of patent issues for engineers and scientists, including what rights a patent does and does not give you, why you might want a patent, what kinds of inventions can be patented, how to get a patent, how to figure out whether your invention is valuable enough to justify the expense of patenting it, and how to enforce your rights against infringers.

Bio: Michael A. Fisher, Ph.D. draws on his extensive background in electrical engineering to represent clients in complex patent and trade secret litigation matters involving medical devices, telecommunications, electronics, computers, semiconductors, and other technologies. He also devotes part of his practice to patent licensing, patent counseling, and software copyright matters.  Prior to his legal career, Dr. Fisher worked as a research and development engineer in the areas of solid state electronics, equipment-control software, and micromechanical devices. He is a named inventor on three U.S. patents, relating to a dental instrument, an infrared imager, and a flat-panel computer display (U.S. Pat. Nos. 10,201,398, 5,929,440 and 5,956,003).

Refreshments will be provided.