Workshop on Intellectual Property Issues in
Advanced Battery Technology
Summary of the program:
This workshop is designed for attorneys, licensing officers, IP managers and technology scouts working with advanced battery and energy materials technologies. The advanced battery industry relies heavily on intellectual property rights. The core problem of battery technology–how to store more energy in less mass–has been the subject of substantial innovation since the introduction of the lithium-ion battery in 1991. Those innovations show no sign of slowing, and can be expected to accelerate. The ability of innovators to protect and monetize their discoveries through intellectual property rights is essential for moving innovations from the laboratory into commerce.
Intellectual property for advanced batteries and energy materials share some common characteristics and challenges. Intellectual property relating to lithium-ion technology has already spawned substantial litigation. The workshop will discuss the background of some of that litigation and explore ways that intellectual property owners can reduce their litigation costs. The workshop will also cover special issues to consider in licensing advanced battery and energy materials technology.
The U.S. government, through the Department of Energy and the national laboratory system, has invested billions of dollars in research and development for advanced batteries and energy materials. The federal government owns a large and valuable portfolio of battery-related intellectual property, much of it available for license by private industry. The workshop will discuss issues in licensing intellectual property from the federal government and will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn exactly what the federal government wants from battery technology licensees.
This workshop is the first workshop of its kind. Faculty includes IP professionals from some of the largest corporate holders of battery technology intellectual property as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transfer, ARPA-E, several national laboratories, the U.S. Patent Office and the European Patent Office.
The workshop runs for one day, Tuesday, March 14, concurrently with the first half day of the NAATBatt 2017 program. Attendees may register for the workshop only or register for the entire NAATBatt 2017 program including the workshop.
CLE credit may be available for attorneys attending the Workshop. For information about the availability of CLE credit, please contact Bobbi Case of Snell & Wilmer at (602) 382-6169.