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  Library Classes
  Multimedia Classes
  Software Classes
  Multiple Events
Mon - Jul 24
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  Intellectual Property Seminar Series: Copyright 101
Location: Wilby Room (Ground Floor)

If you are writing a paper, can you use an image found on the internet? If you own a business, do you want to know what type of intellectual property protection you need? As a part of the Intellectual Property Seminar Series, Copyright 101 will be ocusing on copyright basics and answering these and other related questions. Please join Meredith Ragains, the Executive Director of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, for a discussion on how copyright laws protect works made by artists and creatives. Ms. Ragains will also discuss, more generally, other areas of intellectual property such as trademark and patent laws.

Speaker's Bio:

For the past four years, Meredith Ragains has served as the Executive Director of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Meredith oversees legal services, education programs, and community relations for the statewide organization. Her duties also include long-range planning, budgetary controls, fundraising, and personnel supervisions.

Prior to her work at GLA, Meredith was a litigator for 12 years at Robins Kaplan where she was in the Commercial Litigation practice group. Meredith graduated from Emory University and Mercer Law School. After law school, Meredith clerked for Chief Judge Ernest Tidwell of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In addition to her work at GLA, Meredith is an adjunct professor at Emory Law School where she teaches contract drafting, and she regularly guest lectures at the Georgia State University College of Law on intellectual property-related topics.

Georgia Tech Library
Wilby Room, Ground Floor
266 4th Street N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332

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Eventbrite - Intellectual Property Seminar Series: Copyright 101

Thu - Jul 27
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  Intellectual Property Seminar Series: Patents Infringement Litigation

Location: Clough 102

You just finished a round of funding for your new start-up when the mail arrives. In it is a cease and desist letter alleging that your recently launched project infringes a US Patent and that you will be liable for trebled damages. What do you do? Do you infringe? How do you respond? 

As a part of the Intellectual Property Seminar Series, the Georgia Tech PTRC/Georgia Tech Library is hosting this seminar focusing on patent infringement litigation. 

Join us for a discussion of patent litigation that includes understanding patents, understanding what constitutes infringement, and what steps to take when you receive a cease and desist letter. Additionally, we will discuss non-practicing entities and how they can make matters more complex. This talk will include a review of patents, patent infringement, a discussion of non-practicing entities, litigation tactics, and recent changes to the law in response to an increase in offensive litigation by non-practicing entities.

Speaker's Bio:

Mr. Philip Burrus worked with Motorola, Inc. from 1997 through 2005. Serving as Senior Patent Counsel, he was solely responsible for the intellectual property prosecution and portfolio management of the Energy Systems Group, a $700 million business. In 2005, to answer the needs of in-house counsel across Atlanta, he founded the Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group.

Mr. Burrus has extensive experience with intellectual property prosecution, as well as portfolio development and management, for businesses both small and large. With degrees in engineering, business and law, as well as experience as an entrepreneur, he brings a broad and dynamic perspective to intellectual property issues.

Phillip holds a Master of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University (more info:

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 102
266 4th Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332

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Eventbrite - Non-Practicing Entities and Patents Litigation: Dealing with a Troll

Tue - Aug 8
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Summer Patent Search Class
Location: Library Homer Rice Center (Ground Floor West)

Looking for summer classes? What about a free patent class? Suppose that you have an invention and you want your idea be protected. Before filing a patent application, you would want to find out if the same idea has been patented. A good patent search will help you identify prior art references that are critical to the patentability of your invention. Whether you are an inventor/entrepreneur or someone who just has an interest in patents, this class will help you understand the basics of patent documents, how to navigate through multiple free online patent databases effectively, and how to conduct your own patent search. There are two parts:

  • Part One: Introduction (including patentability requirements, identification of patent documents, patent classifications and patent search strategies)
  • Part Two: Hands-on practice (covering classification search using USPTO's PatFT/AppFT, and EPO's Espacenet; Hybrid search using classification and keywords)

Classes are offered on multiple dates. Choose the date that fits your schedule and register online:

  • Tue., May 16, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Thur., June 15, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tue., July 18, 2017, 12-2 p.m.
  • Tue., August 8, 2017, 12-2 p.m.

Prerequisites: Preview the 7-Step patent search strategy video by the USPTO before coming to class

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These classes are open to everyone on the Georgia Tech campus as well as to the public. For more information, please email:

Eventbrite - Summer Patent Search Classes