Lecture Will Focus on Protection of
Intellectual Property Assets
Posted October 18, 2002
HOLLAND -- The various options of protecting a
company's intellectual assets will be the focus of an
address at Hope College on Friday, Nov. 1.
The lecture "Patent Strategy and the Protection of
Intellectual Property Assets--Things Every Employee Should
Know" will be presented on Friday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in room
102 of VanderWerf Hall by Allen Vaughn, who is manager of
intellectual property for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Vaughn will focus on information employees should
know prior to entering the work force. His discussion will
explore the reasons a company patents its technology and
when developments are maintained as trade secrets. The
department of physics and engineering is hosting the talk in
the belief that intellectual property is essential in
today's high-tech world and will directly impact students'
As manager of intellectual property for Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Vaughn serves as chairman
of the Intellectual Property Review Board, which reviews all
inventions and determines the appropriate method of
protection based upon their respective business case. His
responsibility as the portfolio manager for his business
unit encompasses approximately 20 percent of Lockheed
Martin's total intellectual assets. He is a member of the
Licensing Executive Society, and is responsible for the
development of his business unit's licensing program.
During his 22-year career with Lockheed, Vaughn
has managed several functions in the marketing, strategic
planning and program management activities of the company.
Among other activities, he has worked with staff lobbyists
and members of the United States Congress, foreign
legislative members and other United States Cabinet-Level
officials. During one calendar year, he had the opportunity
to discuss existing and future products with approximately
30 members of Congress.
VanderWerf Hall is located on 10th Street between
Central and College avenues.
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