To Patent or Not to Patent

March 3, 2017

Accelerate hosted “Patents 101” with special guest, Cynthia Gilbert, a patent attorney with a focus in software and technology. She is the Founder of Blueshift IP, LLC. On many occasions and as recent as 2013, Ms. Gilbert was selected in Massachusetts Super Lawyers/ Rising Stars Edition. With a strong technical background, she is one of the leading experts on intellectual property in software.

A crowded room of faculty, staff, and students listened diligently to Ms. Gilbert’s presentation. The initial focus of Ms. Gilbert was to differentiate patents from copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. One distinguishing factor of a patent is that it is expensive and time consuming with broad rights while a copyright is easily attainable, but offers narrow rights.

Audience members learned everything from initiating a patent to what happens after it is approved. Ms. Gilbert emphasized that people often ask if they can patent certain products, but it’s more important to ask if it is worth one’s time and investment. A cautionary lesson is that a company filing has an obligation to inform the patent office if they received their idea or object from someone else. Such questions and lessons are heavily dependent on one’s leadership, industry and competitors.

Accelerate was enthused by Ms. Gilbert’s teachings on patents. When it comes to intellectual property, especially in a technical world, we can trust in Ms. Gilbert’s advice. We were honored to have her in our space and  grateful for her engaging learning experience.

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