“Avoiding the Software Implementation Nightmare” |
Speaker: Aaron Rosenberg, Partner & SVP Business Development, Oasis Solutions
Day 1 – 2:00 PM, 2nd Floor Ballroom
There are many things you should consider when implementing a new business management software – the software itself is just one piece of the puzzle. The most important piece to consider when deciding on a new business management software is WHO will be on your implementation team. You should find the best implementation partner and the best internal team to take on the implementation project. Most people don’t like change, especially when it comes to changes in the way they do their job. There are three important steps that should be followed to manage the change within a company. It is critical that top management be on board and exude confidence in the process. Project scope is the part of project planning that involves determining and documenting a list of specific project goals, deliverables, features, functions, tasks, deadlines, and ultimately costs. In other words, it is what needs to be achieved and the work that must be done to deliver a project. Scope creep should also be addressed. Join Aaron Rosenberg for this deep dive!
“Protecting Your Innovations: A Patent Law Primer” |
Speaker: Brantley Shumaker, Registered Patent Attorney, Middleton Reutlinger
Day 1 – 1:00 PM, 2nd Floor Ballroom
Brantley Shumaker is a registered patent attorney and a member of the intellectual property practice group at Middleton Reutlinger. He focuses his practice primarily in the areas of patent prosecution and intellectual property litigation. He has prosecuted patent applications in a variety of technology areas, including electrical, medical devices, mechanical, health and lifestyle products and business methods.
A patent is a bundle of exclusive rights awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect an inventive process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. Not everything is patentable, and the line between patentable and unpatentable is not always clear. Computer software and business methods are patentable under certain circumstances. However, laws of nature (E=mc2), physical phenomena, and abstract ideas (method of hedging risks in commodities trading) are not. The line keeps moving, too – the Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue multiple times in recent years. This talk will discuss what a patent is, what it takes to get one, and whether it is worth the investment.
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