IURTC Outreach: Jennifer Finefield to speak at March 21 panel discussion

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Jennifer Finefield, Senior Technology Manager, Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation

Jennifer Finefield, senior technology manager at Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., will speak on a panel titled “How Secure Are Your Patents?”

The event will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the downtown Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, 11 S. Meridian Street. The event is sponsored by the Indiana Health Industry Forum, and it is open to the public.

Finefield said discussing patent legislation is important.

“Inventors, patent holders and licensees need to understand the current state of patent reform because changes can affect their patents and patent applications,” she said. “The changes can create openings for a patent to be challenged, which patent holders and licensees do not want.”

Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, it was issued 165 patents from domestic and international sources.

“My colleagues at IURTC and I are committed to creating the strongest patent applications possible on Indiana University intellectual property. It is the first step in the process to bring new products and processes to the market where they can affect people’s lives around the world,” Finefield said. “I’m excited to represent IURTC on this panel discussion about how the changing patent landscape affects licensing.”

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