National Center for the
Dissemination of Disability Research

Webcast 29
Intellectual Property Basics for
Researchers and Inventors

November 10, 2010, 2:00 PM (Central) / 3:00 PM (Eastern)

About the Webcast

This one-hour presentation introduces the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer's (KT4TT) Intellectual Property Modules. The webcast will provide attendees with knowledge about the various forms of Intellectual Property (IP) protection available in the United States. Engineers, therapists, consumers, and caregivers all know of the need for new or improved Assistive Technology or accessible mainstream consumer products. Many individuals from these groups have developed new or improved devices or products and are seeking information on how to protect their inventions as they attempt to bring them to market.

This webcast will provide these individuals with the knowledge needed to correctly select whether or not Intellectual Property (IP) protection is warranted, and what type of IP protection is best suited for their creation. Attendees will learn what Intellectual Property is; the four different types of Intellectual Property protection available in the US; what a patent is; the three main types of patent applications; the differences between Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secret types of Intellectual Property protection; the early steps to protecting their Intellectual Property; and other considerations regarding a patent such as Prior Art searching, Marketability Assessment, IP ownership in a University setting, and IP ownership of Assistive Technology. Resources referenced are available on the KT4TT's Center web site at

About the Presenter

James A. Leahy, BS, is a patent holder and Co-Principal Investigator for the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer at the University at Buffalo. Prior to his current position, Mr. Leahy was a Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Commercialization for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology Transfer (T2RERC). In that position he created a Corporate Collaboration Product Development Model where the KT4TT has partnered with Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Black & Decker, Kodak, Tupperware, White Rodgers, Whirlpool and others) to improve the accessibility and usability of new mainstream consumer products. He has also been successful in creating research and development partnerships between major corporations and other institutions in the academic sector.

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This webcast is supported through SEDL's National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) and the Center on Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer (KT4TT), funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the U.S. Department of Education. The opinions and views expressed are those of the presenters and no endorsement by the funding agency should be inferred.

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