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STC Seminar Series - Design-Driven Innovation

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STC 2018 Spring Seminar Series
STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development office, is hosting its 2018 spring seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.


Presented by Chuck Valauskas, JD, LLM, Valauskas Corder LL (Chicago)

Design-driven Innovation is a non-conventional approach that many successful companies have used to develop many important new technologies. The approach first identifies a more understandable or more meaningful way to present a solution to an end user’s problem. Engineering then develops the technologies that satisfy the functional needs of the end user in the end product or service. This presentation will discuss many examples of the innovative designs and technologies that have been developed through this approach by companies including Hewlett-Packard and Apple, and the many forms of intellectual properties that cascade out from the process, often times at no added cost.

Speaker Bio
Charles Valauskas is legal counsel to domestic and foreign companies, universities, research foundations, publishers, artists, software developers, and business ventures involved in the development and commercialization of a variety of new technologies. Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics.

Mr. Valauskas is involved in the activities of many organizations. Mr. Valauskas is also on the Advisory Board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Mr. Valauskas is also a member of the American Bar Association’s University Intellectual Property Law Committee and a member of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals “Future Look” Task Force. He was the Vice President for Industry Relations of the Association of University Technology Managers.

Mr. Valauskas authored books, chapters of books, and articles on intellectual property related topics. He has appeared on the BBC World Series and in articles published in a variety of popular publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and Crain’s Chicago Business.Mr. Valauskas is a former adjunct law professor for intellectual property matters.

Mr. Valauskas received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Chicago), his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Valauskas is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois.