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Protecting intellectual properties through the creative and commercialization process

October 30, 2013

CSU Ventures sponsors two seminars with IP attorney for non-STEM researchers and creators on campus on Nov. 6.

Chuck Valauskas, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law, will be presenting two Innovation at Work seminars on the CSU campus on Nov. 6, sponsored by CSU Ventures.

Valauskas will gear his talks to non-STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math – researchers and creators. The first will be held in the Morgan Library Event Hall, 1-2 p.m., and will discuss Digital Technologies: Intellectual Properties with Commercial Value. Participants will learn how concepts, data collected during experiments, and algorithms all form one or more protectable properties.

His second talk will be in Aylesworth Hall C-102, 5-6 p.m., and focus on The Creative and Commercialization Process: How Intellectual Properties are Developed in the Creative Process. Participants will learn how to add value to creative works, be they unique and original designs or artistic pieces, and how to commercialize those works.

While each seminar will have a slightly different subtheme, the general options available for non-STEM innovations will be covered at each. An additional seminar on protecting general creative works will be presented at the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, 320 E. Vine St., on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4-5 p.m.

All seminars are free and open to the public; no registration required.

International speaker and author

Valauskas is also an author and international speaker based in Chicago who has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine and the American Bar Association Journal. He provides legal counsel to companies, new ventures, universities and research foundations, serves on the advisory board for the Commission of Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and is a member of the Association of University Technology Transfer Managers.

CSU Ventures is the group responsible for the protection and commercialization of intellectual properties for Colorado State University. As a service to the faculty, staff, and students, CSU Ventures acts as a facilitator and supporter of creative activities at CSU.

“Non-STEM research and creative activities generate intellectual property just like any other discipline on campus that are just as commercially valuable,” said Denny Otsuga, Vice President of CSU Ventures. “We are kicking off our non-STEM engagement with this seminar series. In addition, we are dedicating funding to support proof-of-concept work to increase commercial value of non-STEM intellectual property.”

For more information about the seminars, call (970) 491-7100, or go to the CSU Ventures website.