Financial Poise™ and West LegalEd Center Air “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY-101: Nuts & Bolts of Patents," a Webinar Premiering March 14th at 2pm CST

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Financial Poise™ Webinars and West LegalEdcenter are pleased to announce the March 14th premiere of a new webinar “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY-101: Nuts & Bolts of Patents," which breaks down U.S. patent laws into the nuts and bolts.

This webinar breaks down U.S. patent laws into the nuts and bolts and discusses the types of inventions that can receive protection, as well as the extent of U.S. patent protection.

Intellectual property (IP) laws in the US have undergone fundamental changes over the past several years. For example, in 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) overhauled the American patent system in a way that had not been accomplished since 1952. Moreover, the Supreme Court decided several cases that, among other things, created a tougher environment for inventors/patent applicants and expanded the scope of trademark protection to marks that were likely to be previously rejected. In 2016, The Defend Trade Secrets Act created new federal laws that allow an owner of a trade secret to sue in federal court when its trade secrets have been misappropriated. And new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, have scholars and legislators rethinking the scope of copyright protection and debating additional reforms that have the potential for even more change.

In an increasingly competitive commercial environment, entrepreneurs and managers must understand how these changes to our patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright laws may potentially impact US businesses. The Financial Poise INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY- 101 webinar series seeks to both educate you on current laws and prepare you to take full advantage of the changes that lie ahead. Please join some of the leading attorneys in the World, as they discuss—in plain English for the non-expert—the basics of U.S. IP laws and the changing landscape as it affects US businesses.

The second episode of the series is "Nuts & Bolts of Patents," and airs on March 14th at 2:00 PM CST (Register Here). The series features Host Cory Spence of Spence P.C. He is joined by Jeffrey M. Drake of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., Eugene Goryunov of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Kal Shah of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, and David P. Swenson of Larkin Hoffman, to discuss U.S. patent laws.

Thomas Edison. Henry Ford. Steve Jobs. These three household names revolutionized modern society through the protections afforded to their intellectual property by U.S. patent laws. This webinar breaks down U.S. patent laws into the nuts and bolts. It discusses the types of inventions that can receive protection, as well as the extent of U.S. patent protection.

The INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY-101 Series is produced by Financial Poise.™ Future episodes in the series include “Nuts & Bolts of Copyrights” airing on April 11th, “Nuts & Bolts of Trademarks,” airing on May 16th, and "Leveraging & Protecting Trade Secrets in the 21st Century," airing on June 13th. Each episode airs at 2:00 PM CST. All episodes will be available live through West LegalEdCenter and then on-demand following the live premiere.

As with every Financial Poise Webinar, each episode is delivered in Plain English understandable to investors, business owners, and executives without much background in these areas, yet is also valuable to attorneys, accountants, and other seasoned professionals. And, as with every Financial Poise Webinar, each episode brings you into engaging, sometimes humorous, conversations designed to entertain as it teaches. Each episode in the series is designed to be viewed independently of the other episodes, so that participants will enhance their knowledge of this area whether they attend one, some, or all episodes.

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