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Robotics Seminar: IP and Legal Aspects of Robotics

Jonathan T. Kaplan, Esq.
IP Attorney, Kaplan IP Law, PLLC
University of Southern California

This is a two part talk. Part one is a general discussion of intellectual property, and of useful ways to think about it, when developing a new technology. The focus is on patents and trade secrets. The second part is about a rapidly developing area of law: allocating the risks posed by robotic autonomous systems. The emphasis is on potential physical harms, with autonomous vehicles serving as an example. Attendees will hopefully leave this talk with a better appreciation of when these issues might become important, and a framework for seeking assistance.

Based in the Portland, OR area, Jonathan Kaplan runs his own intellectual property law firm. Before starting an independent practice, Mr. Kaplan was a partner with a large top-tier law firm. He obtained his law degree from New York University in 1992, and a Master’s, in electrical engineering and computer science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989, where his research included work at the AI lab as well as the Research Laboratory of Electronics. In his 26+ year career as an IP attorney, Mr. Kaplan has gained experience with a broad range of technologies, including: robotics, artificial intelligence, mixed-signal integrated circuits, neuron-level person-machine interfaces, software tools for integrated circuit design or manufacture, natural language processing, and computer networks.

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Rogers Hall, 226
2000 SW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97331

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Lecture or Presentation

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College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
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Matthew Rueben

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