University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

April 17 workshop will focus on strategic patent management

Strategic Patent Management, a workshop for entrepreneurs, will focus on balancing risk and opportunity Wednesday, April 17, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the James Ray Idea Lab, Center for Innovation.

By attending this workshop, you will learn to:

Recognize Risk

-          Your IP not aligned with your products

-          Competitors skirting your patents

-          Freedom to operate at risk

Build Opportunity

-          Patent strategically, not reactively

-          Identify and fill technology and IP gaps

-          Become partner/investment opportunity of choice

Enhance Success

-          Avoid expensive patenting missteps

-          Identify and focus on your most valuable patents

-          Maximize ROI of your patenting investments

-          Increase company value to partners/investors

Those who should attend include start-up CEOs and CSOs, technology innovators, serial entrepreneurs, angel and seed investors, and technology officers.

The workshop facilitator is Jeff Carpenter, director, Bird Dog Innovation Strategies, Development Capital Networks.  He leads DCN’s tech scouting, licensing, and entrepreneurial due diligence services.  Bird Dog helps innovators optimize their R&D, patenting, partnering, and exit strategies.

His more-than 17 years of technology commercialization experience includes director of product development for a clean tech start-up in the mid 1990s; nearly 10 years in the University of Minnesota technology transfer office; tech scout for a medical device company; and commercialization planning, due diligence, and strategic partnering support for entrepreneurs, investors, and technology acquirers.  His expertise includes market and competitive landscape analysis, partner identification and vetting, patent strategy and valuation, technology scouting, and license negotiation.

Carpenter holds a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry from the University of Montana.  After earning his doctorate, he worked for 15 months as a Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate.

The workshop is hosted by IP Commercialization and Economic Development and sponsored by Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner as well as Cimarron Capital Partners.  The workshop is presented in partnership with the UND Center for Innovation and the Red River Valley Research Corridor.

Register online at  For more information, contact Jeff Carpenter at 651.340.8031 or

-- Michael Moore, Associate Vice President, IP Commercialization and Economic Development