NCCBA Seminar: Patent Process and Strategy

North Carolina Chinese Business Association (NCCBA) is proud to present: Patent Process and Strategy (Presented in English)

Want to patent your ideas but don't know how? Join NCCBA on May 31st and get educated in how the whole patenting process works and potentially turn your ideas into profitable ventures.

In this seminar, the speakers who are also practicing patent attorneys will start by providing a general overview of various forms of intellectual property (IP), including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret, and then focus on patent-related IP issues. Specifically, the speakers will discuss the processes of filing and prosecuting a patent application and the substantive and formality requirements for obtaining patent protection. They will also provide advice on patent portfolio management, strategic decision-making in patenting process, the potential infringement liability associated with a new product or process, and what to expect in a patent litigation.

Following the 45-minute lecture, the patent attorneys will join a panel of entrepreneurs who had gone through the patenting process and, through their own perspectives, address questions from the audience based on their own knowledge and experience in the patenting considerations and lessons learned.


William Barrett - Moore & Van Allen, RTP/NC

Mr. Barrett is a practicing patent attorney in Moore & Van Allen's Triangle office focusing on serving the needs of life sciences clients. He is currently at work on a book on the management of intellectual property (IP) assets and has published numerous articles in this area. He works closely with his clients to develop and execute strategies to help them manage and leverage their IP assets. Prior to coming to Moore & Van Allen, Mr. Barrett worked in-house as Senior Director and Legal Counsel for Nobex Corp. in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He has also worked with ipCapital Group, an intellectual property consulting firm, the patent department of GlaxoWellcome Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline), and in private practice. Mr. Barrett’s clients have included companies and universities in life sciences sectors, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as agricultural and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Mr. Barrett graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. 1997, and University of North Carolina, Asheville, B.A. Biology, 1994.

Yongzhi (Mimi) Yang - Scully Scott Murphy & Presser, New York

Ms. Yang is a patent attorney specializing in chemical and biotechnology field. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of patent procurement and patent portfolio management. She has prepared, filed and prosecuted patent applications in various technology fields, including chemistry, biotechnology, advanced materials, semiconductor manufacturing, and microelectronics. Ms. Yang has also conducted patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, and infringement analyses and counseled clients on issues relating to IP acquisition, licensing, technology transfer, and patent litigation. Prior to joining Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser, Ms. Yang worked for Intellectual Property/Technology Law, an IP boutique in Chapel Hill, NC. Ms. Yang holds a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law on Regent's Scholarship and a Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry. She is also expecting to receive her Master degree in Bioinformatics from North Carolina State University in December 2005.


* Dr. Giles Shih, Founder/President, BioResource International (

Panelists (see the end of this message for bios):

* Dr. Chris Price, Presiden/CEO, NOBEX (

* Sean Pan - CEO/CMO, Red Pelican (

* William Barrett, Patent Attorney, Moore & Van Allen (

* Yongzhi (Mimi) Yang, Patent Attorney, Scully Scott Murphy & Presser (


7:00-9:00 pm, Tuesday, May 31, 2005

We will have half-hour of networking social before (starting 6:30pm) and after the seminar.


FREE for NCCBA Regular members with prior registration ($5 for Regular Member walk-ins without prior registration)

FREE for Platinum/Corporate and Lifetime members

$10 for non-members

To register, please email your full name, company name, mailing address, phone number, and your NCCBA membership type to by Sunday, May 29.

LOCATION (see the end of this message for directions):

Brier Creek Country Club

9400 Club Hill Drive

Raleigh, NC 27617

Special thanks to the following organizations for their in-kind sponsorship and support:

The China Star (

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**********************Panelists Bios************************

Dr. Christopher H. Price is President and Chief Executive Officer of NOBEX, a privately-held drug delivery company based in Research Triangle Park. Prior to joining NOBEX in July 1997, Dr. Price was a company founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Larex Incorporated, a specialty chemical and pharmaceutical venture firm in Minnesota. During his tenure at Larex, Dr. Price developed the business into a fully integrated manufacturing and marketing company. He founded Larex while serving as a Principal at Medical Innovation Partners, a Minneapolis-based venture capital firm. Dr. Price began his business career at Nova Pharmaceutical (acquired by Scios in 1992) as Vice President, Business Development and led two key divisions, Drug Delivery and NovaScreen, a pharmacology screening business. Dr. Price has a Ph.D. in biology from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Sloan School (MIT).

Sean Pan is a co-founder, CEO and CMO of Red Pelican, a leading provider of Marketing Automation Tools and Campaign Management software based in Durham, NC. With over 14 years experience in bring technology products to market, Sean’s career track has been focused on computer technology and software solutions, including high-speed data acquisition systems, customer relationship management (CRM) software, software development tools, and Web-enabled applications. Prior to co-founding RedPelican, Sean was Director of Marketing at TogetherSoft, a leading JAVA development tools company acquired by Borland in 2003. Under his marketing leadership, he successfully developed and executed marketing programs that contributed significantly to the company's dramatic growth. Earlier his career, Sean served in key marketing and marketing management positions at Silicon Graphics, Edify/S1 Corp. Actional Corp. and Dolch Computer Systems. His background also includes a five-year engineering tour of duty in hardware design and software development at DSP Technologies. Sean holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and an MBA in Technology Management.

Dr. Giles Shih co-founded BioResource International, Inc. (BRI) five years ago to commercialize the technology that his father, Dr. Jason Shih, developed through his research at North Carolina State University. Giles currently serves as President of the company and has been managing BRI's business development efforts since its inception. Giles received his B.S. in Microbiology from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Emory University. Prior to co-founding BRI in 1999, Giles served as a consultant to venture capital firms making investments in biotechnology companies in North Carolina. Giles is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


From I-40

· Take Exit 283- onto I-540

· Take Exit 3, Lumley Rd

· Turn left at the top of the ramp

· Cross over Brier Creek Parkway into the Club development

· Follow directions to the Clubhouse** below.

From RDU Airport:

· Go North on Aviation Parkway

· Take I-540 North

· Take exit 3, Lumley Rd.

· Turn left at the top of the ramp

· Cross Brier Creek Pkwy and enter the Club development

· Follow directions to the Clubhouse** below.

From Glenwood Avenue:

· 70 West (Glenwood Avenue)

· Turn left onto Brier Creek Parkway

· Turn Right onto Lumley Rd to enter the Club development

· Follow directions to the Clubhouse** below.

** To the Clubhouse:

· Continue to the traffic circle, take the first right onto Arnold Palmer Dr.

· The tennis courts will be on your left. Continue on Arnold Palmer and make your first left onto Club Hill Drive

· Go ½ way around the traffic circle

· You will see the Clubhouse straight ahead. Please use the left ballroom entrance.