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What is Intellectual Property and Why Should I Care?

Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Nedderman Hall Room 112

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Electrical Engineering Seminar

Mark Dodd, Ph.D., JD
Sidley Austin LLP

Friday April 7, 11 a.m.-Noon
Nedderman Hall Room 112

Abstract: Mark Dodd will explain what Intellectual Property (IP) is, how you create it, and how you protect it. He will also explain why you, as an engineer, should care about IP. Time permitting, you will help him draft a patent claim for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Bio: Mark Dodd is a partner and patent litigation attorney at Sidley Austin LLP’s Dallas office. His litigation experience includes both patent enforcement and defense actions. Dodd spent his first 15 years employed as a practicing engineer researching infrared photodetectors for military applications. Along the way, he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. As part of this work, he modeled device structures, designed III-V and II-IV semiconductor materials, fabricated and tested the devices in the clean room. Dodd is an inventor/co-inventor on six U.S. patents. He earnd his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1994 and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at Purdue University. He earned his JD at Southern Methodist University in 2003. In an effort to redeem himself, he promotes schools focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Dodd was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions in Intellectual Property Litigation.

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