Law School to Host Patent Bootcamp for Innovators, Inventors and Entrepreneurs

Law School Hosts Patent Bootcamp for Innovators, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs

Patent Bootcamp 2022, a one-day seminar presenting the fundamentals of intellectual property law with a focus on patent law, will be held on Friday, September 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the EJ Ball Courtroom at U of A Law School. Funded by a grant from the U of A Women’s Giving Circle, Patent Bootcamp 2022 builds on the inaugural Patent Bootcamp 2019, also funded by Women’s Giving Circle, which focused on the broader topic of intellectual property rights and overcoming the barriers for entrepreneurs and inventors as they try to protect their innovations. Although the target audiences for Bootcamp 2022 are women and minorities in STEM, the Bootcamp is open to all entrepreneurs and innovators across Arkansas, and a virtual option to attend is available.

“We have assembled a panel of professionals who focus their legal practices and careers in the field of intellectual property and patent law,” said Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, EJ Ball Professor at the U of A School of Law and organizer of the seminar. “Faculty at Patent Bootcamp 2022 will present a program focused on the fundamentals of the law and processes surrounding this important issue, with an emphasis on equipping entrepreneurs, particularly women and minorities, to succeed through the US patent and trademark system and proactively protect their rights and protect their innovations from theft and exploitation.”

Nearly 20 speakers from diverse backgrounds will address a range of topics over three panel discussions, five breakout sessions and three lectures. Topics include:

  • An overview of intellectual property rights
  • The choice between patents and trade secrets
  • How to conduct patent searches
  • How to find a cheap patent attorney
  • Submission of a provisional patent application
  • Preparations for patent applications and considerations before filing
  • How to write a patent application
  • Purpose of a patent claim
  • Introduction to the drafting of patent claims
  • Introduction to the US patent system
  • How do I commercialize a patent?
  • From obtaining a patent to entrepreneurship
  • The ABC of patent prosecution
  • Strategic patent advice
  • The relationship between patents, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Patenting challenges for women and minorities
  • Diversifying Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Northwest Arkansas

Ewelukwa Ofodile, a Bootcamp 2022 presenter, joined law school in 2001. She teaches the school’s intellectual property courses and has taught patent, trademark, design and copyright law to law students, attorneys and diplomats, and government officials around the world. Her articles on this topic have appeared in legal journals and numerous peer-reviewed publications. In addition to law degrees from Harvard University, University College London and the University of Nigeria, Ofodile holds multiple intellectual property certificates from the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2021 Ofodile was introduced Law360‘s “Breaking IP Barriers”.

Other experts present at the bootcamp are:

Molly Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

Mary Beth Brooks, Director, U of A Small Business and Technology Development Center

Yoon Chae, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Dallas

Lisa C. Childs, Patent Attorney; Associate Vice President, Technology Commercialization, U of A Systems Division of Agriculture

Kimberlynn B. Davis, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP, Atlanta

Sarah Goforth, Executive Director, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Associate Professor, Sam M. Walton College of Business

David Hinton, Associate Director, Technology Ventures, U of A

Jane A Kim, Partner, Wright Lindsey Jennings LLP, Little Rock

Jade O. Laye, Partner, Hayes Boone, LLP, Houston

Meredith K. Lowry, Partner, Wright Lindsey Jennings, Rogers

Heather Nachtmann, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Rashauna Norment, Founder, Rashauna Norment Law Firm, PLLC, Little Rock

David Pieper, Founding Member, Keisling & Pieper PLC

David Snow, President of the U of A Technology Development Foundation

Katie Thompson, Director, Science Venture Studio, Fayetteville

Justin Urso, Director, McMillon Innovation Studio, U of A

Tambryn Van Heyningen, Partners, Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison

Debby Winters, Founder of Cascade Law Group

The boot camp is worth up to eight hours of general legal education, but the program is tailored for anyone interested in gaining an understanding of intellectual property law and its relationship to innovation and entrepreneurship. The public is encouraged to participate. The workshop is free and includes a complimentary lunch sponsored by the Wright Lindsey Jennings Woman Run Initiative, created to support women-owned businesses in the state. Sign up today to reserve your seat and lunch break. The latest schedule and program updates are available on the Patent Bootcamp 2022 website.

About the Faculty of Law:The law school offers a competitive JD as well as an advanced LL.M. Program taught by state-approved faculty. The school offers students unique opportunities to participate in volunteer work, internships, live customer clinics, competitions, and food and farming initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss and challenge issues related to race, color, ethnicity and the impact they have on students, faculty and staff in order to achieve a diverse, inclusive and equitable community . From the admission of the Six Pioneers, who were the first African American students to enter a law school in the South without a warrant, to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors and faculty members who later became President of the United States and Secretary of State, the law school has a rich history and culture. Follow us at @uarklaw.

About the University of Arkansas: As the flagship Arkansas institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy by imparting new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and workplace development, discovery through research and creative pursuits, while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few US colleges and universities with the highest research activity. US News & World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. See how the U of A works to create a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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