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LES Houston Chapter: From Invention Disclosures to IP (Free Event)
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LES Houston Chapter: From Invention Disclosures to IP (free event)

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Salata
3651 Weslayan, #216
Houston, Texas  77027
United States
Contact: Chris Johnson
(713) 487-8835

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LES Houston Chapter presents:

From Invention Disclosures to IP (free event)

A moderated lunch discussion

Program description

Have you thought about the following questions for your organization?

  •  What is your process for evaluating invention disclosures and determining what follow up is needed for each?
  • Are you satisfied with your process? Is it efficient and effective?
  • What about your process for the inventor and patent agent or attorney to develop a patent application once the determination has been made to do so? Are they satisfied with the efficiency of your process and with the product?
  • Do you wonder whether there might be better ways to move ideasfrom disclosure to patent application?

At this lunch, participants — in small- and large groups — will share non­con­fi­den­tial information about their organizations' disclosure-management processes, along with what they see as the pros and cons. By understanding how other organizations evaluate invention disclosures and convert them into patent applications, the participants will be able to take home ideas for improving their own processes.

This is one of a series of free, moderated, small-group discussions over meals, organized by the Houston chapter of LES USA/Canada, for the benefit of the Houston innovation community. Got suggestions for other topics or -locations? Come to this event and share your ideas!

Please register for this free event so we can have an accurate headcount for planning.

This is a free event. On-your-own lunch is available; a private section at the restaurant has been reserved for this event.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

11:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


Salata (salad-bar restaurant)
3651 Weslayan, #216
Houston, TX  77027 


This is a free event. On-your-own lunch is available; a private section at the restaurant has been reserved for this event.


Louise Levien, Ph.D., CLP

Louise retired in 2017 from a career that included a diverse series of assignments at Exxon and ExxonMobil in Upstream Research. During her career she has performed research in Petrophysics, Geologic Modeling, and Visualization, supervised diverse research programs and held several assignments in Planning and Analysis. After working with IP from the scientific side of ExxonMobil for many years, Louise joined the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company's Commercial, Intellectual Property and Licensing group in 2007. She was responsible for IP processes, the intellectual property aspects of agreements, and licensing transactions impacting ExxonMobil's upstream business.
She holds a ScB degree in Geological Sciences from Brown University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Geochemistry from Stony Brook University. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and co-inventor on two patents.

Shayne Phillips, M.S., MBA,
U.S. patent agent

Shayne Phillips has been working in the intellectual property (IP) arena for over fifteen years, particularly in the areas of IP-related competitive intelligence and technical patent and nonpatent literature searching.  Ms. Phillips began her career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio, working as a Technical Assistant in Corporate New Ventures (a group tasked with evaluating outside technology for the entirety of P&G).  She then moved to the IP-practice group of Dinsmore & Shohl (also in Cincinnati), working as a Technical Consultant, providing both patent application prosecution support and IP litigation assistance. 

In 2000 Ms. Phillips moved to Columbus, Ohio, and began work at Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) as an Editorial Analyst in the Mammalian Hormones Document Indexing Group of the Biochemistry Department of CAS' Editorial Division.  In 2002 Ms. Phillips transitioned to the role of Applications Specialist at CAS, specializing in advanced STN training, focusing on protein and gene sequence searching in particular. 

Following her tenure at CAS, Ms. Phillips moved to Halliburton in Houston, Texas, working in their Intellectual Asset Management group as both the head of IP Competitive Intelligence and as a Senior Patent Liaison for the Cementing Product Service Line.  Ms. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  She is also a registered US Patent Agent.


The Houston chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after July 13th.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 

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