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  • Description

    Offering an introduction to the law of inventor-ship in nationwide patent-applications, this CLE course will explain the qualifications needed to be an inventor, the importance of properly naming inventors on applications and what happens when inventors are not properly named on documentation.

    The course will explain the fundamentals of “artificial intelligence” and how it applies as well as the status of a recent USPTO decision wherein an artificial intelligence was documented as the inventor. The course will also explain issues regarding the propriety of such a naming and how the work might be viewed.

  • Instructor Bio

    Mark Nuell

    Dr. Mark Nuell is a registered patent attorney and is presently of counsel to Ditthavong, Steiner & Mlotkowski, a full-service law firm engaged in obtaining, commercializing and defending intellectual property.

    Dr. Nuell has been working in the field of intellectual property since 1991 and is an active member of the California bar and an inactive member of the Virginia bar. Dr. Nuell works principally in the life science and chemical arts.

    Dr. Nuell assists clients, including start-up and small companies as well as Fortune 500 companies, in the planning of their intellectual property strategy and in the obtaining of patent rights in their inventions, including management of their patent. His technical specialties span the arts of chemistry and the life sciences including novel chemical compounds and formulations of them, genetic engineering materials and methods, cloned nucleic acids, vectors, vaccines, gene therapy, cell lines, recombinant proteins, and antibodies. In addition, Dr. Nuell works in the fields of materials science, polymer compositions, diagnostic and therapeutic compositions and methods, separation materials and methods, various analytic methods, and petrochemical processes and apparatus.

    Dr. Nuell’s practice also includes a variety of transactional, due diligence and opinion work, including patentability, validity and infringement analyses and freedom to operate opinions relating to commercialization of intellectual property.

    University of Michigan (B.S. (chemistry), cum laude, 1979); University of Illinois (Ph.D. (biochemistry), 1986); George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1997).