Charles Valauskas

Charles C. Valauskas, J.D. from Valauskas Corder LLC will speak on "Managing Creativity: Inspiration, Perspiration, Collaboration and Beyond/A Second Look at the Google Book Settlement" on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Building on main campus, Fiesta Rooms A & B.

When multiple parties are collaborating on a project to achieve a goal, whether the project is directed to producing software or some other project, the ownership consequences of the effort may be totally unanticipated.  This talk will provide a launch pad for discussions related to such cases and examine related copyright and patent issues.  Valauskas will also discuss the latest developments in the two Google book search lawsuits.

Valauskas is counsel to companies, ventures, and educational institutions with emphasis on start-ups based on new product and services concepts and technologies.  He is a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a founder and partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Valauskas Corder LLC.

His areas of practice include representing universities, national laboratory spin-off companies, developers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of various new product lines (e.g., medical, food, toys, personal-care products, lighting systems, monitoring and detection systems) multimedia, software, and virtual reality system developers, service providers using the internet, publishers, individual inventors, artists and authors.

He was formerly an adjunct professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law where he created and taught a course titled "Intellectual Property Strategies," a hands-on course during which law students worked to solve real life trade secret, right of publicity, copyright, trademark, and patent related problems typically encountered by businesses while developing and commercializing new products and services.

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