Colloquium: Babak Tehranchi

    Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    Intellectual Property Considerations for Optical Engineers and Scientists


    A patent is a technical manuscript, a legal document, a business asset, a sword, a shield, and a teaching tool, all at the same time.  It is a mechanism to tell the world about your invention, to build equity for your company, and to exclude others from practicing your invention without authorization.  It can be a source of pride, a revenue generator and sometimes a nuisance. But more importantly, as an engineer or scientist you are almost certain to be headed into a collision course with the complex and often misunderstood world of intellectual property.This optics-flavored presentation begins with an introduction to different types of intellectual property protections, and then focuses on different aspects of patent protection. Among the topics explored will be the process for obtaining U.S. and worldwide patents, the different roles that patents play in large and small companies and in academic settings, recent trends in optical patent filings and patent portfolio and business deals.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Dr. Babak Tehranchi is a partner with the firm's Intellectual Property practice. Babak's practice has an emphasis on patent prosecution and counseling, patent portfolio evaluation, due diligence and patent litigation support in technology areas including wireless technologies, optics, digital rights management, software, electronics and medical devices. Babak’s practice also focuses on preparing and conducting post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office including inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), covered business method (CBM) review and patent reexamination.

    Babak has over 10 years of industry experience as a scientist/engineer. Prior to law practice, Babak worked as a senior staff engineer at Verance Corporation, a leading company in digital watermarking, and as a senior research scientist at Eastman Kodak R&D Laboratories. Babak has extensive experience and knowledge in digital signal processing, image and video processing, optics, wired and wireless communication systems, semiconductors, digital watermarking, data storage systems, including optical and magnetic storage media and devices and printing systems. Babak has considerable experience in software and hardware design, using a variety of programming languages such as C and VHDL.