Cal Poly's Levenson to Host GRAPH EXPO Seminar on Fending Off Patent Trolls
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—August 10, 2015—The "Patent Protection for Graphic Art Technology Users and OEM's: Patent Trolls Beware!" seminar that will be led by Cal Poly Professor Emeritus Harvey R. Levenson at GRAPH EXPO 15, will address graphic arts patents and the growing patent troll matter. The purpose of this seminar is to assist with a major growing concern for the printing industry. An increasing number of OEMs, distributors, and printing companies have been hit with demands for licensing fees or huge one-time payments from patent trolls trying to capitalize on existing software and technology representing proven successes for the printing industry.
"These companies have nothing to do with our industry but are threatening our positive contributions to the national and world economy and job market. Our business clients and employee jobs are at stake," said Levenson.
This seminar will cover how to deal with the issue should a company be approached by a troll and threatened with a lawsuit if payment demands are not met.
“I’ve been assisting the printing industry for over 25 years on patent issues, and, the reality is that many of the patents that trolls have purchased are invalid due to the existence of Prior Art that would nullify them," he noted.
The "Patent Protection for Graphic Art Technology Users and OEM's: Patent Trolls Beware!" seminar is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. at GRAPH EXPO at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Following an introductory presentation, a panel will provide additional insights. The panel will include:
- Mark Nuzzaco, NPES Government Affairs Director—Will represent OEMs and distributors
- Joe Polanco, president, PIA MidAmerica—Will represent printers
- Nate St.Clair, Patent attorney and Partner, Jackson Walker LLP—Will provide a legal perspective
For more information and seminar registration go to: graphexpo.com and navigate to "seminars."
Click here to watch a video of Harvey Levenson discussing patent protection for graphic arts technology users and OEM's.