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EVENT RECORDING: Strategic Patent Protection for Medical Innovation

October 20, 2022
4:30 -6:00 PM EDT


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Your business’s value and long-term success may well hinge on protecting your innovations through patents. Do you have a plan for securing your innovations through patents? Do you know the timing requirements for seeking patent protection? Do you want to strengthen your company’s competitive advantage?

We invite you to join an interactive panel discussion with Mary Lou Wakimura and Larry Cogswell, Ph.D., U.S. patent attorneys and Principals at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, and panelists Renee Masi from BioStar Ventures and Chase Coffman from Elektrofi, who have worked to wrestle with these issues. The panelists had a fireside chat to illustrate strategies used to protect and enforce patent rights, including:

  • Identifying your company’s valuable intellectual property
  • Using patents to protect innovation
  • Avoiding pitfalls that can forfeit your patent rights
  • Determining the best timing to protect your innovation
  • Understanding the value of your patent to help grow your business, raise funding, and partner with other medical companies


Renee Masi

Renee Masi
Managing Director, BioStar Ventures

Renee Masi has more than 25 years of experience in the venture capital industry where she focused most recently on life science investing. Ms. Masi currently serves on the boards of Autonomix, CardiacMD, and SynergEyes. Prior to joining BioStar Ventures, Ms. Masi was a Partner with Windward Ventures, a firm focused on southern California early-stage companies, where she was responsible for the firm’s life science investing strategy. Ms. Masi was an advisor to Ventures Medical, a seed stage fund affiliated with the Texas Medical Center. In 1990, Ms. Masi opened the Boston office for Technology Funding, a $250 million venture capital fund based in San Mateo, California. She began her career as an investment banker in the healthcare finance group of Merrill Lynch. In addition to holding a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, Ms. Masi is also a member of the Board of Councilors for the USC Graduate School of Social Work.

Chase Coffman

Chase Coffman
CEO & Co-Founder, Elektrofi

Chase Coffman is Co-founder of Elektrofi, a Boston-based biotech that is working to enhance access to critical biologic medicines through a novel delivery platform. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics and was formerly a Space Technology Research Fellow at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Mary Lou Wakimura

Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

For over 30 years, Mary Lou has assisted clients with patent preparation and prosecution, copyright registration, and portfolio management. Mary Lou’s approach with clients is to learn their business goals and then strengthen their positions in their industry by developing strong intellectual property strategies. She has particular experience with computer-related technologies and systems relating to imaging, video applications, mobile applications, machine learning, various platforms (cloud based, SaaS), virtual currency, solid modeling, simulations and mathematical models.

Lawrence Cogswell, PhD

Lawrence Cogswell, Ph.D.
Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Larry is an experienced IP litigator, Ph.D. scientist, patent prosecutor, and trusted counselor in strategic IP matters, such as IP due diligence. Larry is a former judicial clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  He is also a graduate of Yale Law School, Harvard University, and Duke University. As an IP litigator, Larry represents clients in patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret cases.  Clients rely on Larry’s integrated understanding of the legal and technical aspects of the case, which enables a thorough vetting of the issues and cost-effective analysis and delivery of solid, practical advice.