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Intellectual Property Seminar

Intellectual Property Seminar

Date: May 18, 2022 (3:00 PM) - May 18, 2022 (4:30 PM)

The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office (TTO) will present a free seminar on the commercialization of products, including medical and health related intellectual properties.

The program will begin with an overview of the main areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright) and will continue with a focus specifically on the various types of patent protection. The program will cover the statutory requirements for obtaining a patent, university ownership of inventions; the differences between a patent application and a technical publication; the differences between inventorship and authorship; issues to consider to preserve patent rights in an academic setting; and determining if an invention is ready for patenting.

The session will be led by Attorney Terry Wright of the firm Stites & Harbison PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky, and Amy Melton, director of the TTO at Marshall. Wright has extensive experience advising clients ranging from small, privately held companies to multi-national, publicly traded companies. He regularly prepares protection plans for intellectual property associated with consumer goods, medical and other mechanical devices, and life sciences-associated technologies. Wright has a background in life sciences and experience with academic research in the areas of cardiovascular biology, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology, and biotechnology. He counsels companies and university technology transfer/licensing offices regarding strategies for protecting patent‐based intellectual property.


When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Harless Auditorium | Marshall University Medical Center
Registration: The seminar is free, but reservations are requested. Please send reservations to For more information, contact Amy Melton in the Marshall University Technology Transfer Office at 304-696-4365.