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9/12/2012 9:00 PM

Intellectual Property and Patent Law: Why Engineers Should Care

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The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture on intellectual property and patent law by Raja Maharajh. This presentation is to provide engineers with a basic understanding of intellectual property law. It will give a general overview of what “intellectual property” is with an emphasis on United States patent law.  Attendees will also look at trademark, copyright and trade secret law as well as employment agreements engineers are frequently asked to sign.


Raja Maharajh is Pratt & Whitney’s Vice President & Counsel of Commercial Engines. In this role, he has global responsibility for the Commercial Engines’ Legal and Contracts organizations, which provide legal and contractual support for airframer, airline, partnerships and other end-user activities for new equipment, aftermarket products, marketing and sales functions within the Commercial Engines business. Prior to this role, Maharajh was Pratt & Whitney’s Associate General Counsel for the Next Generation Product Family where he was responsible for protecting the technology behind its new PurePower® engine. Prior to joining UTC in 2004, Maharajh worked as an attorney at Bazerman & Drangel in NYC where he focused on intellectual property and commercial litigation, licensing, and patent preparation and prosecution. Before practicing law, he worked as a manufacturing and costing engineer for Madame Alexander Doll Co. and for Maidenform, Inc.

Maharajh received his Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Sept. 25, from 6pm – 7:15pm             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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