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Introduction to Patent Law Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers

When: Thursday, October 5, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Technological Institute, Tech Room F160, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student

Contact: Sonia Kim   (847) 467-0446

Group: Innovation and New Ventures Office

Category: Other


The presentation will offer a brief overview of intellectual property and the patent process and discuss the role that people with science and engineering backgrounds play, as well as the rewarding IP-related career opportunities available to them.

Please register by Tuesday October 3, 2023 lunch will be provided.



Jeremy D. Protas is a partner in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science practice group at Marshall Gerstein. Jeremy counsels clients on all types of patent-related matters, while focusing on securing patents in diverse technologies including optics, high-energy x-ray beamlines, undulators, nanomaterials, microscopy, wireless telephony, process control, and medical devices. His experience developing transmitters for NASA’s Deep Space Network at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and designing and testing mobile telephony infrastructure at Motorola Inc., contributes to his keen understanding of the interface between intellectual property law and engineering environments in both public and private sectors. 

Heather R. Kissling is a partner in Marshall Gerstein’s Biotechnology & Life Sciences practice group. Heather draws from over 20 years of experience securing biotechnology patents to develop worldwide filing and prosecution strategies that further her clients’ business objectives. She actively collaborates with bench scientists, business development personnel, and in-house counsel to maximize protection of biotechnology innovations in a broad range of technologies, including antibody and protein technology, gene therapy, cell therapies and related technologies, and cleantech. Heather is a graduate of the Northwestern University M.S. in Biotechnology program, and started her career as a patent agent before receiving her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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