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Protecting Software Intellectual Property through Patenting

Date and Time
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Zoom Webinar (off campus)
Keller Center
Dan Rudoy, Elisabeth Hunt, and Nicole Amar, from Wolf Greenfield Intellectual Property Law

Join the Keller Center and the Department of Computer Science for a panel discussion on patenting software moderated by Jennifer Rexford, Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department.

Dan Rudoy, Elisabeth Hunt, and Nicole Amar

Many companies build software that is an integral part of their business. Software may be the company’s product or an enabling technology for design and development of the product and, as such, may embody the company’s intellectual property.

In this presentation and the panel discussion that follows, we will discuss how such intellectual property (IP) can be protected through patenting and other IP tools. After a general overview of patents, we will discuss which aspects of software technology may be patented, challenges to patenting software, and when there is business value in doing so. We will also touch on additional topics including other IP tools (e.g., copyright and trade secrets), IP strategy for start-ups, and enforcement. 

Join us in welcoming panelists Dan Rudoy, Elisabeth Hunt, and Nicole Amar from Wolf Greenfield Intellectual Property Law. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Rexford, Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department.

Panelist Bios

Dan Rudoy, Shareholder, Electrical & Computer Technologies Practice, focuses his practice on patent prosecution in the areas of artificial intelligence, speech and image processing, industrial automation, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, cybersecurity, autonomous devices, software, medical devices, computer security, networking, radar systems, and electronics. Dan earned his BA in Mathematics, BS in Computer Science and Engineering and MS in Computer and Information Science from University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Harvard University and JD from Suffolk University Law School. 

Elisabeth Hunt, Shareholder, Electrical & Computer Technologies Practice, represents clients primarily in post-grant contested matters. Her technical experience spans a wide range of electrical and computer technologies, including speech technology, language understanding, machine learning, 3D printing, media technology, accessibility technology, social networking, gaming, financial transactions, data storage and recovery, signal processing, software, and electronics. Elisabeth earned her BS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JD from Suffolk University Law. 

Nicole Amar, Associate, Mechanical Technologies Practice, focuses her practice on patent counseling, preparation, and prosecution in the mechanical space. She has experience representing clients in a wide range of technologies, including medical devices, 3D printing, electronics, and consumer products. Nicole also has experience litigating intellectual property matters before US District Courts and the International Trade Commission. Nicole earned her BS and MA in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and JD from Boston College Law School.

Who can attend?
Open to graduate students, undergraduates, postdocs, research scholars, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Registration is required.


Perspectives from a Young Alumni Founder

Date and Time
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Hub 34 Chambers Street Event Room
Keller Center

Patrick Wendell
This talk will feature Patrick Wendell, class of 2011. Two years after graduating from Princeton in Computer Science, Patrick co-founded Databricks, a company commercializing the Apache Spark software platform for large scale data processing. Databricks helps companies extract value from large amounts of data. Over the last two and a half years, Databricks has raised more than $40 million inventure funding from lead investors Andreessen Horowitz and NEA Ventures. The company employs more than 70 people at its San Francisco headquarters.

In this talk, which will be followed by a "meet-and-greet" session, Patrick will revisit the founding of the company and reflect on lessons learned along the path from Princeton, to Berkeley, and finally to the start-up world. Topics will include fundraising, product strategy, building successful teams, transferring technical innovation into usable products, and perspectives on how the undergraduate life differs from the life of an entrepreneur. He will also discuss different avenues to an entrepreneurial career for Princeton students. The session will be highly interactive and allow for questions from the audience.

Patrick Wendell is a co-founder of Databricks as well as a founding Committer and PMC member of the Apache Spark software project. In the Spark project, Patrick has acted as release manager for several Spark releases, in addition to maintaining several subsystems of Spark's core engine. At Databricks, Patrick directs the company's maintenance and development of Spark.Patrick holds an M.S. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, where his research focused on low latency scheduling for large scale analytics workloads. He holds a B.S.E in Computer Science from Princeton University.

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Keller Center 10th Anniversary Symposium

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:30pm to 5:00pm
Friend Center 101
Keller Center

Keller Center
Please join us as we celebration a decade of Keller. Our afternoon program will include discussions on Education Innovation and Entrepreneurship in higher education with some of Princeton’s leaders in the field, a keynote address by Tom Leighton ’78 with introduction by President Eisgruber ’83, and of course there will be cake!

This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Registration is required. Please register here https://kellercenter10th.eventbrite.com


12:30 p.m.

Friend Center Upper Atrium


Education Innovation Panel: Pedagogy and Technology
Friend Center 101

Moderator: Derek Lidow '73, Visiting Professor, Keller Center
Chris Brinton, Graduate student in Electrical Engineering
Kevin Guthrie '84, President Ithaka
Lisa Herschbach, Director, McGraw Center, Associate Dean of the College
Janet Vertesi, Assistant Professor of Sociology


Coffee Break
Friend Center Upper Atrium


Entrepreneurship Panel: Perseverance Against the Odds
Friend Center 101

Moderator: Christopher Kuenne '85, Visiting Professor, Keller Center
Christine Blauvelt '12, Co-founder, DUMA Works
Katherine Hays '98, Founder and CEO, Vivoom
Marty Johnson '81, CEO Isles, Inc.
Brian O'Kelley '99, Co-Founder and CEO, AppNexus


Keynote: Accelerating Innovation in a Hyperconnected World
Friend Center 101

Introduction by President Christopher Eisgruber '83
Tom Leighton '78, Co-Founder and CEO, Akamai, Professor of Applied Mathematics, MIT

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