Topic：Intellectual property business decisions
property (IP) poses many important and challenging choices for its
creators and the organizations to which they belong. Determinations and decisions have to be
made, starting shortly after the inception of an idea, regarding: protection under various national or
international laws; physical realization (usually in several forms) of
the concept; the fields of use to be developed; distribution of the IP
without restrictions; or alternately its commercialization, whether by
the originators and their startup or by licensees; enforcement of rights
against infringers; what to do after expiration of IP protection; and how
to spend the (hoped for) profits made while protected, and
thereafter. These choices and how
to make them will be discussed from the differing perspectives of the
creators and their particular type of organizations (such as, small
business, multinational corporation, or university). The choices made are ultimately
directed the Office of Technology Transfer at the SLAC National
Accelerator Laboratory for over 20 years.
(SLAC is a U.S Department of Energy science laboratory managed and
operated by Stanford University.)
Responsibilities there included:
intellectual property management; generation and support of
technology development collaborations with industry and others; and
innovation policy and program administration in accordance with national
policy, law, and regulations.
Prior to SLAC, he worked as a scientist and engineer in the
nuclear field for a decade, evaluating novel technology for isotope
separation, laser fusion, and laser chemistry in large-scale commercial
chemical processes. He also spent
time in the field directing the off-site shipment for laboratory analysis
of the first internal components to be removed from the damaged Three
Mile Island reactor. Mr. Simpson holds the BS (math), MS (math), and MS
(physics) degrees from the University of Michigan. Presently he consults privately on
technology issues, including innovation, evaluation, strategy,
partnerships, and funding.
Instruction to Cypress Room, CIS Building, Stanford
Enter Stanford university through Palm Drive toward
the Oval Building, make right turn into Campus Drive (west), follow Campus drive through 4 stop signs, turn
left at the 5th stop sign into Via Ortega, pass Serra (first intersection) then Via Pueblo, park in the
parking lot at right side (Free parking on Weekend). Walk back passing Via Pueblo to Serra and turn right into Serra.
The CIS building is at your right side on Serra.
Walk to the short stone steps up. The Cypress room of the CIS building is
at you right side. (At the intersection of "Campus
Drive" and "Via Ortega"
Longitude: -122.174742, latitude: