The Market for Ideas

Friday, January 28, 2022 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Building E62, 221
100 MAIN ST, Cambridge, MA 02142

Product Innovation and invention surges ahead at rates unimaginable just a few decades ago. With good reason inventors protect their intellectual property (IP) internationally with a variety of tools - patents, copyright, and trademarks. 

But how should an inventor monetize the invention? Form and build a startup? Sell the invention? License it? Utilize Open-Source?

The speakers will examine the basics of patents, copyright, and trademark and consider monetization – entrepreneurship by building a startup, outright sale, and out-licensing – as well as factors and recent trends affecting patent valuation. The presentation is based on decades of worldwide SVP, Director, and entrepreneurial experience in product development and intellectual property at Intellectual Ventures, Oracle, Alcatel, Texas Instruments, Sun Microsystems, private law firms, and startups.

Leading the discussion:

Everardo Ruiz, Ph.D. , SM ‘00 (Managing Director, Energy Transition Partners)

Sanjay Prasad, J.D. (Managing Director, Energy Transition Partners)

This event is in person and space is limited. Registration is available via Eventbrite

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IAP (Independent Activities Period), Entrepreneurship

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MIT Community, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff


Intellectual Property, IAP, Product Development


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