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Recap - Space: The Final Frontier for IP?

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At the 2018 American IP Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute Conference in Palm Springs, Rimon Partner Letao Qin moderated the panel discussion “From Drones to Rockets to Driverless Cars – IP is in the Air.” The panel consisted of Theodore “Ted” Ro from NASA, Melissa Coombes, Patent Attorney from Lee & Hayes and a pilot flying Bombardier airplanes, and former AIPLA president, Jim Pooley.

Mr. Ted Ro, the Acting Deputy Chief Counsel of NASA, discussed the limits of patent enforcement and procurement in orbit and beyond.  Ms. Melissa Coombes presented on how to use design patents to protect the shapes and appearances of various drones developed for different purposes and the IP issues associated with that. And Mr. Pooley used Waymo v. Uber to illustrate the lessons that can be learned from this famous trade secret case. 

About the Moderator:

Letao Qin has extensive experience as a patent attorney. Focusing her practice in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution, procurement and transaction, Dr. Qin has advised Fortune 500 companies, universities, start-ups, and individual inventors to identify, capture, and protect innovations. Read more about Letao here.