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Meeting ArchiveJune Meeting:
Thursday June 28, 2001
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The Case of the Disappearing Inventor?s Notebook
On Thursday, June 28, 2001, the IEEE Consultants? Network of Northern NJ (CNNNJ) presented a talk "The Case of the Disappearing Inventor?s Notebook", by Michael Friscia, a partner with the law firm of Wolff & Samson. An analysis of the function and impact of electronic laboratory notebooks will be presented. Electronic laboratory notebooks have streamlined the data gathering and manipulation aspects of research and development, and have provided inventors with a powerful means for quickly storing and retrieving laboratory data in computer-readable form, while minimizing the required administration support. While such innovations are undoubtedly useful to the scientist and inventor, proper notekeeping must still be practiced to ensure that each aspect of the invention is detailed.

Particularly important issues arise in the context of inventors who utilize such electronic means to document aspects of their inventions. Inventors are well advised to document each step of the inventive process, and to have at least one individual witness the inventive concepts as they develop. Traditionally, this process is achieved by having the witness sign each disclosure after it is written down. Accordingly, difficulties arise in the digital realm as inventors must ensure that the information they record is properly witnessed and signed, while still preserved in computer-readable format. This presentation, therefore, will identify some of the important features and solutions that should be incorporated into electronic lab notebook systems utilized by inventors and scientists alike, so that proper documentation and adequate disclosure are realized.

You may download a written version of the presentation: FTXR01!.doc.

Michael Friscia has been practicing in the areas of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law for over 10 years. He is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School where he teaches courses in Patent Law and Trademark Law. He has extensive experience prosecuting patent applications in the mechanical and electrical arts. He is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Bergen County Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the Stevens Technology Ventures Business Incubator.

To conclude the meeting, two CNNNJ members briefly presented their skills and interests to the group. Laurence Nagel has 23 years of experience in the integrated circuits industry. He participated in development of SPICE at the University of California. While at Bell Labs, he was involved in development of ADVICE simulation program, designed analog circuits for submicron NMOS and negotiated patent licenses. Recently, at Anadigics, Inc., he worked on simulation of RF and GaAs circuits. Milton Korn - Comprehensive experience as an engineer, engineering & construction manager, ships officer & marine (mechanical) engineer. Expertise in: Design & application of medium, low voltage power generation, distribution and utilization systems & equipment, protective relaying, load management, motor control. Steam, hot & chilled water generation, distribution, utilization & control. Document imaging, indexing, management & control, production scanning of engineering drawings, manuals and legal documents.

Thursday June 28, 7:30pm
Non members welcome!
MCE/KDI Integrated Products
(note: entrance for the meeting is at the rear of the building)
60 South Jefferson Ave.
Whippany, N.J.

Contact: 973-728-4500, robert@rdwalker.com

Directions to meeting.