About the Course: Invention disclosure forms are crucial for preventing the loss an organization’s details and ideas; producing patent applications quickly; and, for prior use defenses against claims of infringement. Also, a well-written invention disclosure form (IDF) enables a company to avoid wasting fees on inventions that are not patentable. This course is chock-full of best practices for preparing IDFs. An example IDF is included in the course materials. The following are among the issues discussed during this webinar: How do inventors know which perceived inventions warrant the preparation of invention disclosure forms? What can companies do to make the process of preparing invention disclosures less burdensome on investigators? Must you conduct prior art searches? When is the best time to conduct prior art searches? What are the merits of preparing invention disclosures immediately upon invention versus performing additional research and then filing the IDF? Should the invention disclosure be written more along the lines of “plain English” or in highly technical jargon? Who must sign an NDA in connection with the preparation of an invention disclosure? Which professionals may be exempted from signing NDAs? What are the implications of “undue experimentation”? What are the implications of “statutory invention registrations”? How serious of a threat to prior art searches is the issue of defensive publication? What are the best practices for incentivizing inventors to prepare invention disclosures? Where does the intersection of preparing invention disclosures and the Economic Espionage Act lie? Course Leader: Dr. Laurie Kellogg, Attorney, Maynard Cooper & Gale Dr. Laurie Kellogg is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice focuses on the protection, licensing, enforcement, management and strategic use of intellectual property. Dr. Kellogg’s strengths encompass biotechnology and chemical, pharmaceutical and energy-related technologies. Prior to law school, Laurie Kellogg worked at Research Genetics, Inc. from 1992 until 1994. Dr. Kellogg spent her academic career studying chemical reactions and conversions in soil, both inorganic and organic, as well as the microbial communities responsible for these processes.