Landslide Series: Best Practices for Transferring Patent Ownership and the Fallback Options If You Have a Problem

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: April 20, 2021
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  • Understand the importance of properly assigning patents
  • Learn how to assign a patent
  • Become aware of fallback positions when a patent is not assigned properly
  • Gain exposure to international issues
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Recorded: April 20, 2021


Ineffective or improper conveyancing of patent ownership can nullify the value of the asset for a putative patent owner. Ownership disputes can arise between a company and its employees, contractors, third-parties, and transaction partners.

This seminar provides a framework to identify and avoid ownership gaps and disputes. The panel will discuss best practices for securing and conveying ownership rights as well as fallback options if these best practices are no longer available.

This program was recorded on April 20th, 2021.

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American Bar Association


Chris Sabbagh

Baker Botts LLP

Chris Sabbagh is an intellectual property associate at Baker Botts LLP in Houston, where he utilizes his background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and software. Before joining Baker Botts, Chris attended Rice University and Duke Law School.

Theresa R. Stadheim

Patent Attorney, Associate
Schwegman Lundberg & Wossner PA

Theresa Stadheim is a registered patent attorney and an associate at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. Theresa’s practice involves writing and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of cloud computing, wireless technologies, computer architecture, medical devices, and printing devices. She is a 2010 graduate the University of Minnesota Law School and received her Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University, with an emphasis in microcontroller-based design. Prior to becoming an attorney, Theresa worked as a software engineer. Theresa is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer with certification in C , C#, SQL Server, and System Architecture.

Bret A. Hrivnak

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP

As a patent and trademark attorney, Bret A. Hrivnak counsels clients on the protection of U.S. and international intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and domain names. Bret manages worldwide IP portfolios and develops global strategies for IP protection.

Bret’s IP experience includes prosecuting and defending disputes arising under state, federal and international laws, including proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Bret’s representation also includes preparing and reviewing agreements, including licenses, assignments, joint ventures and development agreements, supply agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and other intellectual property transactions. Bret also addresses antitrust issues that may arise in such transactions or otherwise during the course of his clients’ business activities.

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