An Introduction to Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks May 19, 2021, 10:00am PDT May 19, 2021, 10:30am PDT

Workshop Purpose

Patents and licensing have recently become an integral part of most businesses. Businesses relating to technology, software, design, franchising, commercial products, music and a myriad of other companies depend on patents, copyrights and trademarks for their existence. 


This Webinar will explore the fundamentals of intellectual property (IP); how to obtain a patent, copyright or trademark and how to use them. It will also discuss when should you keep certain information as a Trade Secret. It will provide you an understanding of the terminology, the available resources, costs, timing and rules of thumb necessary for optimizing the value of your IP. Technical, legal, financial and practical issues will be explored from a business perspective. Both US and International filings will be explored.

This Webinar will present an overview of the field so that you are able to develop an understanding of intellectual property fundamentals and integrate the important elements into your business plan. It will also provide you with references to external resources that you will find helpful, if you require additional details.

Next week we will have a follow-on Webinar related to The Business of Licensing: How to Monetize your Intellectual Property.  

Presented By: Dr. Ted Izen 

Dr. Ted Izen has had executive and general management experience in a number of different high technology industries. He has retired from full time employment, but continues to serve as a consultant to a number of Fortune 500 and many smaller companies in matters relating to licensing, intellectual property management, and strategic planning. He most recently served as the President of the licensing division of Rockwell International. Before this he was the Vice President of Business Development for a $1B division of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Prior to this Dr. Izen was the Executive VP of Teledyne Systems Company, and the Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development for Loral Electro-Optical Systems Company.

He has extensive experience in international business development and strategic partnering. Ted has assisted many individuals and small companies in developing an integrated business plan and in matters related to acquiring, licensing or monetizing their intellectual property. Dr. Izen received an undergraduate degree in Physics and Math from the University of British Columbia, and a masters and doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Oregon.