March 1, 2018
On Saturday, February 17, Fitch Even patent scientist/technical writer Douglas F. Watson, Ph.D., spoke to approximately 150 young students participating in a Girls4Science program at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance (CIPA) coordinated the program with Girls4Science, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago, ages 10–18 years old, to science, technology, engineering, and math.
The students first toured the planetarium, then gathered for Doug’s presentation. Doug began his talk by explaining what patents are, why they are important, and how they can relate to astronomy. He then provided a quick overview of the research he did in his work as a theoretical physicist at the University of Chicago, recounting the amazing technologies and instruments constructed there to carry out cutting-edge science. Doug then discussed his transition to IP law and how crucial it is to protect emerging inventions, how he applies his science background to new IP projects, and how IP law allows you to learn and immerse yourself in a wide variety of new technologies.
Fitch Even partner, Joseph T. Nabor, a founding board member and past president of CIPA, was also on hand, along with other CIPA members, to speak informally with attendees.
The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance is a 501(c)(3) not for profit entity that identifies and promotes Chicago, the Midwest and its committed intellectual property practitioners, law schools, associations and businesses as the intellectual property center for new ideas, programs and education.