DETROIT—Paul T. Engel of Howard & Howard P.L.L.C., who practices intellectual property law with a focus on patent preparation/prosecution, will deliver the keynote address at the Detroit Rubber Group's fall technical and lunch meeting.
The meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m., at Pasquale's Restaurant, located at 31555 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, Mich.
Engel, who is licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will give a talk titled, “Trade Secret vs. Patent—In the Polymer Industry.” Engel previously worked as chemist, research scientist and production manager at Sika Corp, developing acoustic and structural materials and products for automotive, industrial, building and construction markets.
According to Engel, a trade secret attains economic value from not being readily known or ascertainable and must be maintained a secret through “reasonable efforts.” Trade secrets can offer value if they cannot be reversed engineered and are maintained, he said.
Trade secrets such as the formulas for WD-40 and Coca Cola have been maintained for years, as have thousands of other trade secrets. Engel says they are vulnerable to independent development, and maintaining trade secrets can be difficult—especially with pervasive challenges such as job hopping.
On the other hand, to obtain a patent, an applicant must publically disclose an invention. In turn, the owner is entitled for a limited time to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing the patented invention. All patents are trade secrets, but a decision is made to go further, to pursue a patent. Engel will examine that decision, with respect to the intellectual property of polymers and the processes thereof.
Other speakers and their talks include:
• Sam Harber, senior applications chemist, Zeon Chemicals, “New Developments in ACM Fluid Resistance.” Harber will discuss Zeon's new range of polyacrylate elastomers elastomers that can resist aggressive engine lubricants and fluids. This technical presentation will describe these developments and demonstrate how ACM elastomers continue to undergo continuous development for enhanced performance to meet demands of the automotive industry.
• Timothy Banach, director, Rubber Technology, SI Group. “Phenolic Resins Used for Tackifying, Reinforcing, Curing & Bonding in Rubber Applications.”
Branch will cover different resins and how their structure affects choosing the one for a given application.
• Peter D. Cameron, manager, technical services, Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co, “The Influence of Carbon Black in Elastomeric Compounds.”
Cameron will talk about the influence of carbon black in elastomeric compounds.
• David Clark, operations manager—Central Lab, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, “Differences in Commercial Motor Oils and the Effects on Sealing Materials.”
Clark will talk about how motor oil usage affects automotive seals.
• Mike Nemeth, vice president of sales and marketing, OCSIAL L.L.C., “Strengthening Rubber While Maintaining Flexibility Using Ocsail Carbon Nanotubes.”
Nemeth will detail's Ocsial's new line of carbon nanotube products that offer a variety of applications within the rubber industry and the technology behind large scale and low cost synthesis of carbon nanotubes.
Cost to attend the event is $75; $25 for original equipment manufacturers.
Proceeds go to the DRG scholarship program for high school graduates.
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