Provisional Patent Applications – A Panacea for Large and Small Molecules? 

Provisional Patent Applications – A Panacea for Large and Small Molecules? 

Date: March 15, 2023 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM p.m. Eastern
Cost: $0, Non-Members: $225

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Provisional filings are typically a low bar for most technology transfer offices. They provide an important "date stamp" for priority and also provide a year within which to scope the market opportunity for the technology. This session will explore the use of provisional filings and the advantages and pitfalls to consider while utilizing this mechanism for IP protection.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe an overview of the provisional process 
  • Demonstrate, via examples, the monetary consequences of provisionals provisional filings for large and small molecules 
  • Critique the value proposition of omnibus provisionals provisional filings, and 
  • Describe pitfalls in the provisional process that can reduce the value of the provisional. 


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Speaker Bios

Karthik Gopalakrishnan
Licensing & New Ventures
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Karthik Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D., joined the Harbert Institute in 2019 and leads all University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Licensing and Intellectual Property management efforts as Director of Licensing and New Ventures. 

Karthik holds more than 30 years of broad experience in science and business development, marketing and negotiating agreements in university technology transfer. Under his direction, the Harbert Institute started the successful Innovate Fellows program, which offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to learn about technology transfer and commercialization and participate in our the decision-making process. The institute has also seen increased numbers of an increase in intellectual property disclosures under his leadership. 

Before coming to UAB, Karthik was an Associate Director at the Duke University Office of Licensing and Ventures. He is also a consultant with a biotechnology startup in the oncology space leading their strategic planning and business development efforts. 

Tina Williams McKeon
Kilpatrick Townsend

Tina Williams McKeon has been practicing intellectual property law in Atlanta for more than 25 years. During that time, she has represented a number of universities and research institutions, as well as large and small life sciences companies and inventors. She focuses on pursuing patent rights that provide her clients or their licensees with a strategic commercial advantage. In addition to her experience in all aspects of patent prosecution, she has experience in appeals and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, opposition proceedings in Europe, mediation and negotiation of licensing disputes, and due diligence. Her breadth of experience enables her to add value to her client's patent portfolio by spotting issues and avoiding disputes. 

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