A trip to the heart of intellectual property in the US

Lotfi Chouanine invited by the prestigious USPTO

May 2, 2017
For a professional who specializes in technology transfer, receiving an invitation from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an unforgettable experience. Just ask Lotfi Chouanine, an ÉTS professor, who recently returned from a special training session dealing with technology transfer laws, policies and practices in the United States.

Regarded as one of the world’s leading professionals in technology transfer, Lotfi Chouanine was the only Canadian among the 38 participants from 28 different countries selected by the USPTO. The training session was held on March 28 to 31, 2017 at the head office of the USPTO in Washington, DC.

During the four-day session, US experts in technology transfer from the scientific, legal and management sciences sectors presented the participants with a comprehensive look at the role of the US government in promoting the innovation and marketing of the results of university-based research, the legal framework governing technology transfer in the United States (Bayh-Dole Act), the management of intellectual property, the protection of inventions, the institutional policy respecting intellectual property, the structure of technology transfer offices in the United States and the support systems for innovation, including university-based accelerators, incubators and spin-offs.

The training session concluded with a visit to the University of Maryland’s Technology Park (Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute [Mtech] and Maryland International Incubator) organized by the USPTO.

Mr. Chouanine received a Certificate of Recognition from the USPTO for his active participation in this program. “This certificate and the four days of stimulating training that I underwent at the USPTO, surrounded by international experts in managing innovation, represent an acknowledgement of my experience in technology transfer, not to mention visibility for ÉTS on a global scale”, Mr. Chouanine stated.

ÉTS is delighted to acknowledge this unique professional event, and to congratulate Lotfi Chouanine for the path that he has chosen, which led to his inclusion among the leading professionals in the area of technology transfer in the world.

About professor Chouanine

Lotfi Chouanine earned a PhD in the Characterization of Nanomaterials from the University of Ibaraki in Japan in 1998 and an MBA in Science and Engineering Management from ÉSG-UQAM. He also holds a Certificate as a Registered Technology Transfer Professional. His career in Japan and Canada has focused on research, research administration and innovation management. He has worked at the NGK Insulators LTD Research Centre and the University of Akita in Japan, and at Aligo in Montréal.
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