Intellectual Property Webinar

Are you interested in starting a company – or joining a start-up?

Whether you are working in a lab in a research institution or in a large company, the chances are that you may have thought about starting a company based on an idea that you have had – or joining a start-up that is being founded by some of your colleagues. This WEST three part webinar will review the factors you need to consider before you make the leap into a start-up. We will start with a review of Intellectual Property, including who is an inventor, what is patentable and how do you develop an IP strategy for a start-up company. Our next seminar will look at how you actually set-up your start-up – how do you actually incorporate? How do you develop your initial company pitch and how do you find resources including space? Our final webinar will consider funding, who has the money to invest in your start-up and how do you manage the funding once you have received it.

This first webinar lead by Hemmie Chang and Hathaway Pease Russell will focus on Intellectual Property including inventorship, patents/patentable subject matter, IP strategy for start-ups, and how to license the technology from an institution if that is where the technology was developed.


Hemmie Chang is a partner and chairs Foley Hoag’s Licensing & Strategic Alliances Practice Group and regularly handles intellectual property matters. Clients benefit from Hemmie's strategic business perspective and legal acumen informed by more than two decades of experience within the life sciences, energy and cleantech and technology sectors. She advises both established and emerging companies on a wide variety of licensing matters, from academic in licenses to development to marketing deals—all of which involve a broad range of intellectual property assets, from patents to trade secrets, brand names to copyright.  Hemmie received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and her A.B. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs).

Hathaway Pease Russell is a partner in Foley Hoag’s intellectual property department with a focus on the life sciences industry. She has extensive experience assisting start-up biotechnology companies, research institutions, and established U.S. and international corporations with many aspects of intellectual property law, including patent portfolio management, freedom-to-operate analysis, due diligence, complex patent litigation and interference proceedings.  As co-chair of Foley Hoag’s Personalized Medicine practice, Hathaway has a particular interest in the areas of pharmacogenomics, proteomics and disease biomarkers, and their application to personalized medicine. She serves as the current Chair of the Women in IP Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Hathaway received her J.D. from Baylor School of Law and her B.A. in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College.


Date and Time:  
March 3, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 PM


WEST Members: $15; Non-Members: $25, Event and Annual Membership: $100

This is part of the Entrepreneurship Webinar Series which includes Setting Up a Start-Up on March 24 and Funding a Start-Up on April 7.

WEST Members can take part in the three part series for $40, Non-Members for $70, Series and Annual WEST Membership for $120

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