The Basics of Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents


Feb. 1 2017, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: Online Registration $59, Walk-Ins $69

VENUE: Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) 188 Madison Avenue Between East 34th and East 35th Streets New York, NY 10016


Learn about Intellectual Property (IP), your small business’s most valuable asset


If we have a product or service that we really believe in, we want to protect it. Businesses who invest time and resources to understand their IP opportunities and risks achieve their business goals and excel more rapidly. 

This workshop will help entrepreneurs and small businesses better understand the different types of IP, how to protect them, and leverage their value through licensing. We will also focus on common IP and licensing pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between trademarks, copyrights and patents 
  • Describe when and why each type of intellectual property is needed
  • List the requirements for filing, the process, cost, and timing
  • Summarize the impact of having a patent on the chances of getting funded
  • Define a patent strategy and the difference between patentability and patent infringement
  • Summarize key elements, process and pitfalls of IP licensing 
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Who should attend?

For start-ups as well as those in business who want to learn about protecting the integrity of their product or service.


Libby B. Varghese
Libby Varghese is a registered patent attorney with her own lower-Manhattan law practice, Law Office of Libby B. Varghese, where she offers clients personalized attention to their patent needs. She has over 15 years of experience in intellectual property law, starting with Virginia law firms, where she gained a thorough understanding of patent law from working with both patent attorneys and former US patent examiners.

Ms. Varghese returned to New York and practiced patent law in a mid-sized Wall Street law firm for almost a decade before opening her own law office.  She holds a Doctor of Law Degree (J.D.) from New York Law School.


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