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Don’t Miss! The F.I.R.E. Series on Tues., Nov. 13, at 12 pm: “Drafting a Strong Provisional Application”

The Office of Technology Transfer, in cooperation with the Center for Entrepreneurship proudly present F.I.R.E. in November:

“Drafting a Strong Provisional Application”

Since 1996, the Provisional Patent application has served as a quick and inexpensive method for securing a priority date at the Patent Office. They were rarely examined for content, and so it was sometimes acceptable (although never recommended) to file a quick and not-necessarily thorough application.

Early in 2013, the United States patent system is changing from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system. This will make the first patent filing – the Provisional in many cases – significantly more important. Any claims filed in a formal application will need to e traced back to the Provisional application to gain the benefit of the earliest possible filing date.

Ranjana Kadle, Ph.D., J.D., a Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP will discuss the importance of drafting a strong Provisional application, how best to do it, and the roles the invenotr(s) and technology manager(s) play in the process.

Where: the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 & 1-9425)
When: Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

A light lunch will be served following the presentation. Please contact David Englert, or call 585.784.8856 for more information or to register for this event.

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RocDoc’s: Robert E. Hopkins: Legacy of entrepreneurship

Robert Hopkins was the director of the University’s Institute of Optics from 1954 – 1965 and an active faculty to member at the institute until the 1980’s.  Hopkins was among the first scientists to use the computer to design optical systems and among the first to recognize the role the laser would play in the future of solid state and quantum physics.

The former University of Rochester professor known to many as the “father of optical engineering” helped spawn more than 130 companies across the United States started by more than 100 of his former students or faculty linked to him at the Institute of Optics.

Click here for the full RocDocs article and to learn more about Robert E. Hopkins and his legacy