I think I just invented something. Now what?

I think I just invented something...  Now what?

Speaker: Christopher Noble, MIT Technology Licensing Office

First Presented: Friday, May 9, 2014

How do I know when my idea has turned into an “invention”? Who can I talk to about it, and when? Which inventions belong to me and which to MIT? Does it matter if I’m a student/postdoc/faculty? How do I or MIT get it patented? Who decides, who pays? How can this invention advance my career? If the invention belongs to MIT, and I don’t want to start a company, what’s in it for me? If I do want to start a company around it, do I need a license from MIT, and how do I get one? And if I want to talk to VCs about financing my startup, when is the right time? What will the VCs want?”

Please note: Postdocs interested in attending upcoming PDA networking events with company reps and VCs are highly encouraged to attend this session.

About the Speaker: Christopher Noble is MIT’s Licensing Officer for energy technology. His responsibilities include the intellectual-property terms of sponsored research, evaluation and patenting of MIT inventions, IP marketing and negotiation of commercial licenses with startups and established companies. He previously worked for 30 years in general management for energy and technology companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to startups. Chris founded and raised financing for his own startup company, is the lead inventor on two issued patents, has raised and negotiated multiple VC financings as advisor to four early-stage companies, and has served on the Board of several private technology companies and non-profits. He lived and worked in South America and Europe and is fluent in French and Spanish. Chris is Assistant Vice President of the Association of University Technology Managers and a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), lectures internationally on technology transfer and licensing, and is a recipient of the LES Deals of Distinction award. He has a B.Eng. from McGill University and an M.S. in Management from MIT.

Sponsored by the MIT Postdoctoral Association

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