Molly Zimmermann hosts “Tech Talks” on IP and startups at the LaunchPad

Molly Zimmerman

Join Molly C. Zimmermann Esq., associate director of the NYS Science & Technology Law Center for a series of Wednesday “Tech Talks,” on February 27, March 27, and April 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for an overview of Intellectual Property (IP) as it relates to startups.  The free sessions will be in the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars in Bird Library.  They are open to SU faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as community-based startups who are part of the Syracuse innovation ecosystem.

First time inventors who are developing products or technology platforms, or producing creative works, may need to think about IP strategy, including patents, trademarks, copyrights.  Often cash strapped and boot strapped, young startups are either unaware, or feel they are unable to focus on IP, without realizing that they could be jeopardizing their competitive advantage and stripping away potential value to investors.  Others take a “do-it-yourself” approach, and file a provisional patent application without qualified IP counsel. Experienced entrepreneurs understand the importance of navigating an IP roadmap as part of a business strategy.

Zimmerman will share those insights in a series of informal chats, and be available to meet with students who have followup questions.  During her ten years as the associate director, she has worked with hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs sorting out the IP, market and regulatory issues relevant to the commercialization of new technologies.

She holds a bachelors degree from St. Bonaventure University and a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The New York State Science & Technology Law Center is located at the Innovation Law Center at the Syracuse University College of Law, 310 Dineen Hall.