Invitation to a conversation on Intellectual Property in Italy and the US – October 28

Intellectual property as a tool to protect innovation
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT
(17:00 to 18:30 CET)
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All too often inventors miss the opportunity to protect their inventions because of a lack of guidance on the proper steps to take at the outset of the discovery process.
Having an understanding of the power of intellectual property can help researchers navigate the problems and pitfalls of protecting their innovation. This is especially important in life sciences and biomedical research where development products must undergo the lengthy process of regulatory approval.

Valentina PREDAZZI, PhD
European Patent and Design Attorney, Società Italiana Brevetti, Roma
Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., Washington, DC

Moderated by
Ugo Della Croce, PhD
Science Attaché, Embassy of Italy, Washington, DC

The presentation will cover:
● Why it is important to protect inventions
● The types of intellectual property rights, with a focus on patents
● What is patentable and what are the types of patents
● Legal requirements for first filing
● National, international, and regional patent applications
● Importance of record keeping, for example laboratory notebooks
● Balancing the need to publish with the generation of patent protection
● Process of technology commercialization

Valentina PREDAZZI, PhD
Dr. Predazzi has a PhD degree in Genetics and Molecular biology (University La Sapienza of Rome) and has spent over 10 years carrying out research in genetics applied to various fields, such as medicine, parasitology, botanic, and genomic imprinting.
She has worked in the Genetics Department at the “Sapienza” University of Rome, in the Genetics Department at the University of Bari, in the Endocrinology branch at the NIH in Bethesda and has collaborated with various European Universities before shifting toward intellectual property.
Dr Predazzi has spent two years at the European Patent Office (EPO) as patent examiner in the biotechnology field before becoming an Italian and European Patent Attorney. She has worked in this position for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics in Siena, Italy and for SIB, in Rome, where she presently works.
At SIB Dr. Predazzi is responsible for the drafting and prosecution of national and international applications and provides advice on patent protection for various universities and research organizations both in Italy and abroad as well as for multinational and Italian chemical and biotech companies.
Dr. Predazzi holds lectures on IP with a particular focus on biotechnologies and life sciences for various of Italian universities and participates in international congresses in the bio and life science field.

Paul Calvo, PhD
Dr. Calvo is a director in the Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Group. He represents a diverse group of U.S. and international companies innovating in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals industries. He provides counsel with regard to global patent portfolio strategy, licensing, patent validity, infringement, and design around strategies.
Additionally, Dr. Calvo has extensive expertise in prosecuting and investigating patents related to bioproduction methods and therapeutic formulations. He is a recognized leader in understanding the significance and challenges of bioprocessing patents from both an originator and biosimilar perspective. He has authored articles and presented on these topics in both the U.S. and internationally.
Prior to joining Sterne Kessler, Dr. Calvo gained extensive technical expertise in the areas of therapeutic antibodies, biotherapeutics, vaccines, cellular immunology, and cell and molecular biology during his graduate studies and post-doctoral fellowships at The University of Pennsylvania and National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Calvo earned his B.S. in biology from the University of Scranton, his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from the Medical College of Pennsylvania –Hahnemann University, and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

12:00 pm – Opening remarks
Science Counselor of the Embassy of Italy in the United States

12:10 pm – Feature Presentation
Valentina PREDAZZI, PhD
European Patent and Design Attorney
Società Italiana Brevetti

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
Washington, DC

Q&A – 1:00 pm
Questions and Answers
Moderated by Ugo Della Croce

Call type: Other

Call field: Other

Call closing date: 28.10.2020

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