CFTCC: Introduction to Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks



April 28, 2016

Interested in learning more about patents, copyrights, and trademarks? Come join us for a presentation on these topics and a Q& session led by Michael Pratt from Boston University’s Office of Technology and Development.

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Interim Managing Director

Office of Technology Development

Mr. Pratt joined Boston University’s Office of Technology Development in May 2000. He worked in technology transfer, responsible for the transfer of technologies from the fields of physical, engineering, and computer sciences, as director of the Office of Corporate Business Development, responsible for building long term partnerships with a special focus on technology development between Boston University/Boston Medical Center and industry and as director of Translational Research & Corporate Relations, providing support to faculty that participate in translational research programs through proposal development, implementation of translational research, and facilitating collaboration with industry. As executive director, business development he led a team of business development professionals across all technical fields to connect Boston University discoveries with commercial opportunities. He is currently serving as interim managing director.

Prior to OTD, Mr. Pratt was the global support manager at NESLAB Instruments, Inc. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His duties included management of the Application Engineering and Technical Support departments, P&L responsibility for the field service operation, and maintaining relationships with their International Dealer network.

Mr. Pratt holds a bachelor of arts in physics from the College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Boston University. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)






Executive Director

Intellectual Property & Licensing

Office of Technology Development

Dr. Zwicker joined the Technology Development Office (OTD) in April 2016. Ken is responsible for all intellectual property and technology licensing matters arising from the Boston University Charles River Campus, the Boston University Medical School, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, and the Boston Medical Center. Ken is an experienced patent attorney across all areas of technology, with particular expertise in life sciences intellectual property. Ken has extensive experience in both private practice and as in-house counsel.

Before joining the OTD, Ken was Partner in the law firm of Lathrop & Gage, LLP, where he counseled a broad spectrum of clients from fortune 200 companies, to academic institutions, to local start-ups and non-profit organizations in the areas of intellectual property assessment, patent strategy, prosecution, protection, licensing, acquisition, and enforcement. Prior to that, Ken was in-house counsel at Abbott Labs. At Abbott, Ken served as Division Patent Counsel, and headed the patent department of Abbott Bioresearch Center (now AbbVie). In that role, Ken directed the Abbott Labs immunoscience pharmaceutical products patent portfolio, including Abbott’s blockbuster drug, Humira®, the first fully human therapeutic antibody. In addition, Ken established and directed Abbott Labs global intellectual property strategy for therapeutic biologics R&D, process science, and commercial manufacture.

Ken earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Before becoming a patent attorney, Ken was a post-doctoral research associate at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at MIT. Ken earned his Ph.D. in biology from Boston University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University. Ken remains an active member of several scientific and legal associations.

Ken is a registered attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.



Room 901
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St Mary’s Street, Boston, MA 02215


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Granby Lot
665 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Kenmore Lot
549 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Agganis Arena Lot
925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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Take the B line (Boston College) and get off at Boston University Central Station

57 Bus, T Stop, St. Mary’s Street

BU Shuttle
St Mary’s Street (Inbound) or Marsh Plaza (Outbound)