Patents: Adding Fuel to the Fire of Genius

Jan 2, 2018

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage Palo Alto patent attorney, Dr. Victoria Brewster, in an informal round table discussion on the ins and outs of securing a patent. The seminar will cover patent basics, including putting early safeguards in place to protect rights to your innovations; applying for a patent; devising a patent strategy; and building a portfolio to help your startup reach and exceed its business objectives.

Why You Should Attend

For technology startups, patents can literally make or break the company by fending off competition while potentially increasing market value and the ability to secure funding. Understanding patent fundamentals is critical to making strategic decisions around your intellectual property and avoiding pitfalls that may unintentionally void rights to your hard-earned innovations.

What You Will Learn

A sampling of the topics to be covered include:

  • What is a patent and what do I get with it
  • How to prepare and apply for a patent (process, timeline, cost)
  • What to expect during examination of a new patent application
  • Best practices for developing a patent strategy
  • Guidelines for building a portfolio
  • Common pitfalls that may affect intellectual property rights
  • And more!

The content is specifically geared towards technology startups and businesses developing a patent strategy or growing a patent portfolio.

Who Should Attend?

Scientists/engineers, inventors, C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, general counsel, investors and others involved in a technology startup should attend. And, of course, the curious who love to learn!
Attendees would find it helpful to have a basic understanding of patents, but this is not a prerequisite.

When & Where

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time:  12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Venue: MEDB’s Malcolm Center, 1305 North Holopono Street, Suite 5, Kihei (click for driving directions)
Cost:  $25 per person. Includes lunch.

Register early to secure your seat.  Space is limited.

About Victoria Brewster Ph.D., J.D. | Partner – Palo Alto, FisherBroyles, LLP

Since 1996, Vickie’s practice has focused on worldwide patent preparation and prosecution, strategic counseling, licensing assistance, and due diligence portfolio reviews to life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and venture capital groups. Vickie’s practice also includes litigation support, the preparation of patentability, freedom-to- operate, and non-infringement opinions.
Vickie had a long in-house career prior to joining FisherBroyles. She was involved from idea to commercialization in biofuels, protein engineering, enzymology and fermentation technologies. She also has  extensive experience in the area of therapeutic and diagnostic antibodies such as human, humanized, and non-human antibodies with application in the treatment, prevention, and/or diagnosis of cancer, inflammatory diseases, infectious diseases, and neurological diseases.
Vickie has also  been  involved  in  the  defense  of  client  portfolios  in  the courts as an active member of a litigation team. She has also been involved in post-grant invalidation procedures both at the United States Patent and Trademark  Office and  at  foreign patent offices (Europe and   China).   She  has also instituted actions against competitors when necessary to ensure a client’s interest is protected.
Vickie received her Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology  from  the University of California, San Diego. She then began her intellectual property career as a scientific liaison in Tulane University’s Office of Technology Transfer. Subsequently, she earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She has worked in large and small law firms. Dr. Brewster gained business experience in-house first at Genencor, a leading biotechnology company in the area of protein engineering and cellulosic biofuels, then at Genentech, a pharmaceutical corporation in the area of immunotherapeutics.
Vickie’s objective is to serve the immediate  needs  and  long-term  goals  of her clients by developing an effective IP strategy that positions them for future success. Vickie has the vision to help decision-makers meet the company’s needs and goals.

Learn More

Questions regarding this workshop may be directed to Frank De Rego Jr, Director of Business Development Projects at or (808) 270-6807.