Intellectual Property
Lecture Series

Legal experts Fred Romano and John DeAngelis will be hosting monthly lunch and learn lectures on six different topics concerning intellectual property. Admission is only $20 and includes a box lunch meal. Florida Tech students, faculty and staff may attend for free and bring their own lunch or pay the regular admission fee to have lunch included.

October 16

Introduction to Intellectual Property

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November 13

How Can I Use Copyrights to Protect and Grow My Business?

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January 22

Leveraging Patent Rights to Achieve Business Success

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February 12

How Should Trademark Rights Be Used to Benefit A Business?

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March 19

Commercial Transactions:
What Terms Should Contracts Require to Protect My IP and Avoid Liability? What Are My Rights and Remedies?

April 9

Protecting Software

John L. DeAngelis, Jr. practices in the area of intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights. John has extensive experience in patent prosecution of electronics and electromechanical technologies. He also has experience in software and technology licensing, technology transfer agreements and drafting and negotiating license agreements for high-technology spin-offs. Prior to entering private practice, John served as senior intellectual property counsel for Harris Corporation. John is the director of the Northwestern University Alumni Admission Council (Space Coast Chapter), president of the Northwestern University Alumni Club of Orlando and former treasurer and member of the board of directors of the Melbourne Municipal Band. He is also an adjunct professor (engineering) at Eastern Florida State College.

Specific Areas of Patent Preparation or Prosecution Experience:
Electrical and electronics intensive products, including antennas, communications systems (satellite, cellular, broadcast, personal, telephone), semiconductor fabrication processes and devices, software and computer and data processor devices, electromechanical and mechanical devices (including, in particular, locomotives and power system products)

Fred M. Romano has been advising clients on intellectual property and commercial matters for more than 25 years. He negotiates complex business agreements involving sale and licensing of intellectual property rights. His experience includes formation of technology partnerships and development of licensing programs based on copyrights, trademarks and patents. A significant portion of Fred’s practice is devoted to start-up companies. He frequently advises new clients on how to best protect products under domestic and international intellectual property laws. Fred is available to provide presentations tailored to the needs of small companies and business groups on protecting and leveraging their intellectual property. He also counsels clients on patent, copyright and trademark infringement concerns, litigation, cost effective dispute resolution and avoiding liability.

Fred implements comprehensive intellectual property protection strategies for emerging market opportunities and creates patent portfolios that maximize company valuations. He has developed trademark and patent strategies in a diverse group of industries, including consumer electronics, wind power, medical systems and solar energy. He has technical expertise in physics, biophysics, chemistry, materials science, analog and digital circuitry, electro optics, semiconductor products, data processing systems and several medical technologies. His patent filings also cover the fields of nanotechnology, imaging systems, software, LEDs and RF communications. A growing emphasis in Fred’s practice is protecting innovations in the diverse software application market for handheld devices.

In his transactional practice, Fred reviews, prepares and negotiates agreements for commercial sales, including value-added reseller agreements and sales representative agreements. He also drafts agreements for technical consulting services, R&D, technology transfers and licensing. When clients disclose proprietary information to potential partners, customers and contractors, appropriate terms are provided to assure confidentiality, and assessments are made of whether to file provisional patent applications.

Before joining the firm as a shareholder, Fred served as license attorney, intellectual property counsel and the commercial transactions attorney for multiple business units and several international manufacturing operations in three Fortune 500 electronics corporations. He has extensive experience in developing intellectual property programs, securing patent rights, negotiations and the settlement of infringement matters. Prior to beginning his legal career, Fred was with the U.S. Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Transportation as a materials engineer, research scientist and manager of R&D programs.

Areas of Practice:
All areas of intellectual property law and commercial transactions