Intellectual Property Protection Strategies: Learn Through Real World Examples

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016

The value and long-term success of your business may well hinge on protecting your innovations and brands through patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Do you have a plan for securing your innovations through patents? Are your brands protected with enforceable registered trademarks? Do you know the timing requirements for seeking patent and trademark protection? Are you taking  adequate steps to assure your trade secrets are kept secret?

On April 6, 2016, GABC members and guests learned how to strengthen their company’s competitive advantage. This was an interactive breakfast meeting at the Newton Marriott with Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds intellectual property attorneys Susan Glovsky, Principal and Alexander Adam, Associate, and guest speaker Colin C. Durham of Brooks Automation, Inc.—who have wrestled with these issues.  Susan, Alexander and Colin provided examples that illustrated strategies used to protect and enforce intellectual property, including:

  • Using trade secrets and patents to protect innovation
  • Identifying your company’s valuable intellectual property
  • Avoiding pitfalls that can forfeit your patent rights
  • Taking action if your innovation has already been patented by another company
  • Determining the best timing to protect your innovation
  • Adopting, using, and protecting trademarks
  • Applying recent court decisions to your intellectual property rights

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About our speakers:

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
155 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Susan is a trial attorney who has devoted much of her career to litigating complex trademark, trade dress, copyright, and patent conflicts, patent interferences, and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Susan has appeared before numerous federal District Courts and has argued before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is the founder of the Boston Patent Law Association’s (BPLA) Litigation Committee, a founding member of the BPLA’s Contested Matters Committee, and current co-chair of the association’s Antitrust Committee. In addition to litigation, her practice includes patent and trademark prosecution in the United States and internationally.  More on Susan at 

Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
155 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Alexander specializes in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of computer systems, electronics, imaging software, control systems, mechanical devices, medical devices,  telecommunications, and clean energy. He also has experience in patent litigation, due diligence, and providing invalidity and non-infringement opinions. Alex advises clients on U.S. and international patent strategy. While at the firm, Alex’s work on patent applications includes laboratory devices for the pharmaceutical industry, 3-D modeling for surgical planning, computer-controlled prosthetic devices, speech recognition technology, needle-free injection devices, fuel cell technology, and medical implants.  More on Alex at

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel
Brooks Automation, Inc.

Chelmsford, MA

Colin is responsible for all patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters at Brooks.  He manages global patent and trademark prosecution, freedom to operate studies, intellectual property litigation, licensing, development and collaboration agreements, intellectual property due diligence investigations, and intellectual property compliance.  Brooks Automation is a global provider of automation, refrigeration, and vacuum solutions for semiconductor manufacturing and technology device manufacturing and sample management systems for the life sciences.  The technologies encompassed by Brooks’ large patent portfolio include robotics, semiconductor wafer transport systems, controls, mixed gas refrigeration, cryogenic pumping, as well as cold storage, sample management, and consumables for the life sciences.

This GABC event generously sponsored by Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds


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