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The IP Landscape: An Introduction to Patentability, Strategy and Freedom to Operate

When: Friday, February 4, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Training


How do you protect your IP and when should you do it?

Please join us for the third INVOForward seminar during which John Haugen (Associate General Counsel, Northwestern University) will address therapeutic patenting and competition in the context of an existing IP landscape. John will discuss best practices for protecting therapeutic inventions and present various types of patent strategies (including standard approaches and less conventional paths) for securing protection. John’s lecture will provide insight into key considerations such as appropriate timing and quality of supporting data/evidence when disclosing an invention or filing a patent. We will touch on Freedom to Operate and the impact of other patents on licensing and commercialization.

This seminar is part of the INVOForward Therapeutics lecture series focused on helping Northwestern researchers gain insight into how to build a compelling therapeutic data package. While the INVOForward mentorship program has four select faculty-led teams participating, the lectures are open to Northwestern Faculty, Post-docs and Students.

Other INVOForward lectures may be found here.



John Haugen, JD

John joined Northwestern University in 2017 as Associate General Counsel. He is an embedded attorney with Northwestern’s Innovation and New Ventures Office where he advises primarily on Intellectual Property and licensing matters.

Prior to joining Northwestern, John was Senior Counsel of IP at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA. At Takeda, he supported IP aspects of business development including due diligence and transactional/agreement work involving acquisitions, spin-outs, in- and out-licenses, divestitures, and research collaborations. His Takeda practice further included marketed product support, Hatch-Waxman litigation, and management of patent prosecution. Before joining Takeda, John was an attorney in private practice in Chicago at the IP law firm Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione working predominantly on patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation.

John received his BS in chemistry from Saint Louis University and JD from Washington University in St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



INVOForward Therapeutics is a 7-week Northwestern mentorship program designed to accelerate biomedical commercialization at the university.

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