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Pail and Shovel Workshops™: Deep Dives into Important Topics

TechSandBox partners with subject experts to get you the knowledge you need to make good decisions and plans; we organize workshops, seminars and classes to help you accelerate success.

March 23, 2PM: Intellectual Property: The Ins-and-Outs (IP)

This seminar will save you time and money by answering questions for you before you engage an attorney. We will focus on Patents since these are the most complex of the three typical IP topics though we can touch on copyright and trademark if questions arise.

  • Do you really need IP protection?
  • How do you know if you have something protectable?
  • How do you know if the value of the asset is great enough to spend your precious cash?
  • How does IP contribute likelihood of funding?
  • How should young companies handle patent trolls or frivolous law suits?
  • What's the process for provisional patents?
  • What part of the work (patents, trademarks, etc.) can you do yourself?
  • What about coverage in other countries?

Our panelists are two pre-eminent attorneys from Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton, one who focuses on technology (low-to-high) and one on life sciences (including biotech).

  • Sean Detweiler
  • Bill Schmidt
    Moderated by Barbara Finer; Organized by Gwen Farrell

Where: TechSandBox, of course, 105B South Street Hopkinton
When: March 23, 2pm-4pm (doors will open at 1:45pm)


2pm – 3pm the attorneys present IP basics
3pm – 3:15pm Q&A
3:15pm – 3:45pm each will take a one-on-one appointment while the rest of us network!

Registration: $20 for the public by March 15, $30 after; Free to Members

(Thinking about joining? $195 for the year and this one is free!)

We’ll include a snack to keep your blood-sugar up!

   Sean Detweiler MBBP   Bill Schmidt MBBP    MBBP      Bill Schmidt MBBP


An engineer, a Registered Patent Attorney, a former in-house patent counsel, and a former adjunct professor, Sean Detweiler is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, the leader of its high-tech patent practice, and the head of its Trademark practice.

He is well known as being a highly responsive, collaborative attorney, having over 20 years of experience in IP. His work encompasses many areas of intellectual property protection, including provisional, non-provisional/utility patent and design patent preparation and prosecution, trademark registration, IP due diligence, IP audits, IP governance, and the provision of patentability, non-infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions, as well as identification of infringing competitor products.

A Registered Patent Attorney, Bill Schmidt’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, opinions, and related counseling. Bill advises clients on implementing strategies to protect their intellectual property, with an emphasis on the life sciences.

Bill works with a variety of clients including universities, research institutes, government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and start-ups.  He has extensive experience in patent prosecution of the biotechnology, chemical, nanotechnology and mechanical arts.  Bill is also experienced in design patent and trademark prosecution.

Prior to law school, Bill worked as a research specialist in a molecular immunology laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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