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What every engineer should know about intellectual property, particularly patents
Friday, November 14, 2008 - 2:00pm to Friday, November 14, 2008 - 3:00pm

Robert (Bob) Wasson

Intellectual Property Department, Hewlett-Packard Company

Cramer Hall, Room 171: 1721 SW Broadway

Intellectual property issues bear on most engineering projects. Consequently, being familiar with basics of patents and other forms of intellectual property is important for engineers. This presentation describes different forms of intellectual property, namely: copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Legal requirements associated with obtaining patent protection will be presented. Patent issues that commonly arise in engineering will be described. Career possibilities for engineers in patent law will also be noted.

Robert (Bob) Wasson is a registered patent attorney and currently serves as senior corporate counsel at Hewlett Packard. His current work focuses on patent generation and management of patents relating to imaging devices. Prior to joining HP, Bob worked as a patent attorney at a law firm in San Francisco, CA. Bob has also served as Director of Intellectual Property at 2Wire, Inc. in San Jose, CA. Bob has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University, a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Portland State University, and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.