Friday, December 6, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 6:00PM       Add to Calendar


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Presentation 
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Q&A and Networking
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM: One-on-One Meetings                 
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Happy Hour

Register for the Presentation, a One-on-One meeting, the Happy Hour, or any combination.


Icogenex Bioincubator 
454 North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

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Gale Hoekstra 
Icogenex Bioincubator 

"What Every Start-Up Needs to Know About Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets"

Gina Culbert from Merchant & Gould, PC knows all about it!         Come hear a primer on the key concepts of copyright, trademark and trade secrets that every start-up needs to know in order to avoid infringement and protect its intellectual property.

You are invited to:

  • Come to a one-hour presentation followed by Q&A
  • Schedule a One-on-One meeting with the Gina
  • Connect with other biotech companied at the Happy Hour

 Join us for one or come to all three!


This seminar will cover what types of information is covered by which of these IP regimes, principles of ownership, transfer and license, how to protect by contract, written agreement and license, costs of obtaining registration and infringement, and steps to take to avoid infringement and strategies for maximizing protection while preserving scarce capital resources. 

Some of the questions that will be answered by this seminar include: 

  • Is computer software, mathematical formulas or expression of genetic code covered by copyright? 
  • Who owns the intellectual property if you hire a contractor to develop materials and how is ownership transferred? 
  • How do you know what materials you can use in order to avoid copyright infringement? 
  • How does trademark differ from copyright and trade secrets?  How do you obtain a trademark in the U.S. and abroad? 
  • If you have trade secrets, what steps other than non-disclosure agreements should you take to protect them? 
  • What should you do if you get a cease and desist letter from someone?


This seminar will be presented by Gina Culbert. Ms. Culbert is senior counsel at Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm.  She has over twenty-five years of litigation experience in matters including ownership of IP in software, website design, co-development situations, theft of trade secrets, patent, trademark and copyright infringement.  Her experience includes jury verdicts in favor of her clients, and obtaining preliminary injunctions against competitors infringing her clients’ intellectual property.  She is former Chair of the King County IP Section, and a member of the IP Inn of Court.

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