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Thomas Lewry and Mohammed Islam

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Thomas Lewry and Mohammed Islam discuss how to navigate both basic and more advanced intellectual property issues such as trademarks, copyrights and patents. Topics include what it takes to get a trademark, copyright or patent, how the idea of intellectual property is changing in the digital age? In what ways can you best protect your intellectual property now and in the future?


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Often [intellectual property] is the most valuable asset to the company, bar none, more than the building, more valuable than the land that it sits on.
The Recorder, November 30, 2006

About the Presenters

Thomas Lewry
Thomas Lewry has more than 25 years’ experience in intellectual property and commercial litigation. His litigation experience runs the gamut from intellectual property matters to general business conflicts, including breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder derivative matters. Tom has tried cases in federal and state courts around the country.

As the head of Brooks Kushman’s litigation group, Tom has been the driving force behind the firm’s adoption of cutting edge technology for courtroom presentations and to deliver information to clients more quickly and efficiently.
Tom received both his J.D. and his B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Mohammed Islam
Mohammed Islam is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. His current research interests include mid-infrared laser sources and their applications in fiber-to-the-home, advanced semiconductor process control, combustion monitoring, infrared counter-measures, chemical sensing and bio-medical selective laser ablation.

Mohammed has spun-out 5 companies, including angel-backed companies, venture-backed companies, government-funded companies, and patent holding companies. Each company grew out of basic scientific research done at the University of Michigan. He has either written or participated in more than 120 patents of his own research, and is a registered patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He created and teaches the course EECS 410: Patent Fundamentals for Engineers.

Mohammed received the Adolf Lomb Prize for pioneering contributions to nonlinear optical phenomena and all-optical switching in optical fibers, the Texas eComm Ten Award (one of the 10 most influential people in Texas’s digital economy), and is the first recipient of U-M’s Distinguished University Innovator Award. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of IEEE.

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