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UMFK to host seminar on patents and intellectual property October 3

September 23, 2005


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be the host site for a seminar on patents and intellectual property offered jointly by the Center of Law and Innovation and the Maine Patent Program. The presentation will take place on Monday, October 3, from 4:00 p.m. through 6:00 p.m. in the Grindle conference room located in Cyr Hall.

The seminar will feature a presentation from Rita Heimes, Esq., director of the Center for Law and Innovation. Heimes will discuss why patents are important to enhance innovation, and in particular why they are important for publicly-funded research.

Discussions will also include how the faculty and the general public can acquire patent protection on inventions, and the role of copyright for certain media-related and software based enterprises.

Heimes will address ownership of intellectual property rights and the University system's intellectual property policy, as well as the role of technology transfer in economic development.

Heimes joined the Center for Law & Innovation in January 2001, as its first full time director and as administrator of the Maine Patent Program. She is deeply engaged in studying, teaching about, and convening discussions around the role of intellectual property law in science and technology economic development policy.

Under her leadership, the Center has become the state of Maine's resource for information and service on patents and technology transfer, and it is rapidly becoming a training ground for the next generation of intellectual property counselors in Maine.

Heimes teaches courses at the law school in internet law, intellectual property law, copyright and trademark law, and served as a visiting assistant professor of law in the Global Technology Law LLM program at Suffolk University Law School during the 2003-2004 academic year.

She serves on the Maine Science and Technology Advisory Council, on the boards of the Biotechnology Association of Maine and Pop!Tech, and on committees advising the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine System on developing research capacity.

Heimes received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa in 1990, and a doctorate in law with honors from Drake University Law School in 1993. Following law school, she clerked with the Honorable Robert Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practiced law with firms in Seattle, Boulder and Portland.

Advance registration for the seminar is recommended and there is no admission charge. The format will be lecture style with plenty of time for questions and discussions.

Please contact the Maine Patent Program at the University of Maine School of Law, (207) 874- 6521 or send an email to For special accommodations, please contact the Maine Patent Program no later than seven days in advance of the seminar.