November 03, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the seminar, "The America Invents Acts: A summary of changes in patent law," Nov. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Parkview Room, 15 S. Sixth St., in Lewisburg.

Shawn Leppo, a patent attorney with the law firm of McNees Wallace and Nurick LLC, Harrisburg, will lead the seminar. Leppo will discuss the impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which switches the U.S. patent system from a 'first to invent' to a 'first to file' system, eliminates interference proceedings, and develops post-grant opposition.

Leppo practices in the intellectual property, patent division, and international law groups. His practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law including litigation, licensing and patent prosecution. He assists clients in asserting and defending charges of patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and in conducting due diligence analyses for licensing and acquisition of intellectual property. His patent prosecution experience includes coatings and their chemical compositions, and his prosecution experience includes preparing and prosecuting applications for fibers and fiber reinforced articles, welding and repair devices and methods, business methods and optical devices.

He holds degrees in chemical engineering and J.D. degrees from Penn State University and The College of William & Mary respectively. He is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Registration fee is $35; veterans may attend free of charge. To register, call the SBDC at 570-577-1249; e-mail, or visit

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Greater Susquehanna Valley Keystone Innovation Zone.

Co-sponsors of the Bucknell SBDC seminar programs are the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Bucknell University; Brush Valley, Central Pennsylvania, Greater Susquehanna Valley, Middlecreek Valley and Perry County Chambers of Commerce; Danville Business Alliance; Watsontown Area Business Association; and The Daily Item, The Standard-Journal, Inc. and Susquehanna Business Life magazine.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

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