Computer Science Seminar Series on Entrepreneurship
funded by NSF CPATH grant -TI grant 0829641/0829656

4-5PM, Tuesday, April 8th, 2010

Andrea Pacelli, PhD, JD

Title: Overlap between Patent, Copyright and Trademark protection


This Seminar will discuss the overlap between patent, copyright and trademark protection. Despite their different origins and policies, different types of intellectual property are often used simultaneously. Sometimes they can work together to benefit not only their owner, but the economy at large. In other cases, they can be used to lock competitors out of a market.


Andrea Pacelli is an associate with the law firm of King & Spalding LLP in New York City. He received a PhD in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy, in 1998, and a law degree from Fordham University, magna cum laude, in 2008. He is a member of the New York (pending) and New Jersey bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since 2004 he has been involved in patent litigation, licensing and prosecution, with a particular emphasis on the semiconductor industry. Prior to his legal career, Dr. Pacelli held technical and academic positions at Stony Brook University, Bell Laboratories, and Tower Semiconductor, Israel.