Columbia University

Technology Ventures

SCORE NYC Presents: The Basics of Intellectual Property: Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

May 16, 2017
Laurie Marshall, Jed Mullens, Libby B. Varghese
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
188 Madison Avenue Between East 34th and East 35th Streets
New York, NY

Who should attend?

For start-ups as well as those in business who want to learn about protecting the integrity of their product or service


If we have a product or service that we really believe in, we want to protect it. Businesses who invest time and resources to understand their IP opportunities and risks achieve their business goals and excel more rapidly. 

This workshop will help entrepreneurs and small businesses better understand the different types of IP, how to protect them, and leverage their value through licensing. We will also focus on common IP and licensing pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between trademarks, copyrights and patents 
  • Describe when and why each type of intellectual property is needed
  • List the requirements for filing, the process, cost, and timing
  • Summarize the impact of having a patent on the chances of getting funded
  • Define a patent strategy and the difference between patentability and patent infringement
  • Summarize key elements, process and pitfalls of IP licensing


Laurie Marshall

For over 20 years, Laurie has been counseling clients on trademarks, copyrights and the legal aspects of branding. Laurie was trademark counsel for Major League Baseball for 10 years and continues to represent many MLB clubs, the National Basketball Association and hundreds of small businesses. She speaks regularly on the Legal Aspects of Branding a Small Business at events and conferences throughout the country. She holds a JD from Hofstra University School of Law.  

Jed Mullens

Jed Mullens is the owner of Jed Mullens Law, an intellectual property and commercial transactions law firm. Before starting Jed Mullens Law in 2010 Jed worked for five years as in-house counsel at a New York-based entertainment licensing company and as an IP and technology transactions attorney for law firms in New York and Silicon Valley. He received his J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from NYU School of Law.

Libby B. Varghese
Libby Varghese is a registered patent attorney with her own lower-Manhattan law practice, Law Office of Libby B. Varghese, where she offers clients personalized attention to their patent needs. She has over 15 years of experience in intellectual property law, starting with Virginia law firms, where she gained a thorough understanding of patent law from working with both patent attorneys and former US patent examiners.

Workshop Fee:
Online Registration $59, Walk-Ins $69

There is a $10 discount on all Student and SEAP registrations (valid ID must be presented at the door; bring SEAP form to workshop).