Non-Patented Software Innovations

Non-Patented Software Innovations: How to Protect and Extract Value 


Date: November 4 (Friday) 
Time: Noon – 2 PM (ET) 
Cost: $25 Members, $75 Non-Members 

This session brings together industry and academic thought leaders to discuss best practices and experiences around commercialization of non-patented software innovations. Join us to learn how to evaluate the innovations, support startups based on them and structure agreements to extract the maximum value. 

Attendees will watch the recording of a presentation from the 2022 Annual Meeting. After the presentation, the panelists will join live for a dynamic question and answer session.  




Heather Buchta
Quarles & Brady LLP 


Heather Buchta is Phoenix Office Chair of the Intellectual Property Group and member of the Data Privacy & Security industry team. She has a transactional practice covering the areas of e-commerce, software, technology and data privacy, with an additional focus on copyright and trademark prosecution. More specifically, her work focuses on software agreements (ASP, SaaS, downloadable and custom development), IT outsourcing, internet terms and conditions, internet privacy policies, electronic contracting, technology development agreements, copyright licenses, copyright prosecution, trademark licenses, and trademark prosecution.  

Heather is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 

George Chellapa
Research Licensing


George lead’s NVIDIA’s research licensing efforts. In this role, George works with his NVIDIA colleagues to negotiate and license NVIDIA’s research projects. Examples of such projects include, StyleGAN, Instant NGP, and nvdiffrast.  

In addition to his role at NVIDIA, George is an active member of the technology transfer community and mentors early-career technology transfer professionals through the AUTM Technology Transfer Fellows Program. In addition, George serves as the co-chair of the AUTM Better World Project (BWP) and serves as a AUTM Foundation Board Member. Previously, he has also been a member of several committees including the Membership Dev elopement Committee, Software Course Committee, and the Operations and Compliance Course Committee.  

George is a frequent speaker on computer technologies and emerging trends such as AI/ML, big data, and open-source licensing. Prior to joining NVIDIA, George was at Innovation and New Ventures (INVO), Northwestern University’s technology commercialization office, where he focused on protecting and commercializing software and healthcare IT innovations. George’s technology commercialization experience also includes roles at Washington University and the University of Chicago technology transfer offices.  

Before transitioning to technology transfer, George was a post-doctoral fellow in Computational Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. He completed bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Chemistry, both with First Class Honors, prior to moving to England to read for his Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry at the University of Southampton. 

Laura Dorsey
Director of Innovation Development, Software and Copyright
CoMotion at University of Washington


Laura Dorsey is a Director of Innovation Development, Software and Copyright. She joined CoMotion in 2005 in what was then called the Software & Copyright Ventures group. Laura manages a portfolio of various technologies ranging from computer engineering, healthcare IT, software, and digital content, to cardiology and oceanography. She also provides valuable resources for stakeholders in achieving innovation milestones, including co-creation of the Idea to Plan curriculum. 

Prior to joining CoMotion, Laura ran a grant program that funded the university side of industry-university projects at Washington State University and worked at Honeywell.