Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office seminar at NVDE

As class number 7 rolls in, the students are presented with a new workshop to further increase their Innovative skills. Said workshop is specifically about protecting innovative ideas. Lead by Josiah Hernandez, Director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OPIYTT) here at UPRM, he began his presentation by explaining all the different services the OPITT office provides for the students and general faculty in the university. Amongst the different concepts he explained were: Intellectual Property, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, and so on. On each of the aforementioned terms he talked about what they entail, what their uses are and what strategies are closely related to each of them. On the topic of Trade Secrets, he told some stories of different companies like Coca-Cola, Walmart and the like, who have triumphed by using this very technique. On the specific topic of Patents, he talked about the US Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 which details what a patent is and what it provides. Stressing the fact that a patent only works in the country where it is issued and for a fixed amount of time, many different scenarios surfaced as questions and concerns from the classes students. Lastly, he proceeded to give each and every one of the class projects some advice on how to proceed with their project in terms of the Intellectual Property involved in each of them. Now, each E-team is readily aware of the OPITT office and its services, and each aspect that surrounds Intellectual Property protection. With this new or improved knowledge base, their projects should take on a more directed approach towards pushing the boundaries of existing technologies.

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