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Wyatt Tarrant & Combs is offering a workshop this month on major upcoming changes in patent law, The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.

Or, as they phrase it in their news release, “one of the most substantial changes to U.S. patent Law in history happens on March 16, 2013.”

This is when the switch from a traditional “first-to-invent” system to “first-to-file” occurs, according to the release.

No longer will the date of invention be treated as paramount. Instead the date of filing will be principally determine the rights to a patent, according to the release.

Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that.

So, Tues., March 19, at the University Club, three Wyatt attorneys will smarten up researchers, investors and investors at “Protecting Your Ideas: What Every Investor Should now about ‘First-to-File’ and the America Invents Act.”

The workshop is held in conjunction with The Health Enterprises Network, Nucleus, U of L Office of Technology Transfer, Department of Bioengineering, the Coulter Translational Partnership at U of L  and U of L’s Micro/nano Technology Center.

From the release, scheduled Wyatt speakers are:

Stephen C. Hall, partner

Mr. Hall is a partner in the Firm and is a member of the Intellectual property and Litigation Services Teams. He concentrates his practice in the areas of patents and litigation involving medical technology, life science, materials science, and chemical products and inventions. Mr. Hall advocates for clients and their technology before the United States patent and Trademark Office and in the federal and state courts, and he regularly advises clients on legal risk management.

William S. Sparks, counsel

Mr. Parks handles legal work throughout the range of intellectual property, helping clients to obtain and protect valuable rights through their creative endeavors. He served as division patent counsel to one of the largest textile and chemical companies in the world, where he was the primary patent attorney for over 100 inventors based in the United States, england, Belgium, Singapore, and China.

DouglaS W. Schelling, partner,

Schelling is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Protection & Litigation Service Team. He concentrates his practice in the area of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, client counseling, IP licensing and biotechnology related issues.

The workshop is scheduled for 9 to 10 a.m. Tues., March 19. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The University Club is on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.

For more information, call 502-562-7222, or RSVP by email to: [email protected]