Valley Forge, Pa., November 2010 – Using RatnerPrestia’s recently published “Intellectual Property Survival Guide” as a reference, shareholder Rex Donnelly presented an overview of Intellectual Property law for entrepreneurs to students of Delaware State University’s (DSU) College of Business (COB) New Venture Finance & Investment class. Mr. Donnelly was accompanied by RatnerPrestia clients George and James Brown, members of Katasi LLC and inventors of U.S. Patent No. 6,690,940, titled “System for Selective Prevention of Non-Emergency Use of an Electronic Device.” The Browns talked to the class about their real-world experience as independent inventors and entrepreneurs working to commercialize new technology. The Browns’ patent, filed in 2000 and granted in 2004, broadly covers systems for disabling use of mobile communications devices in moving vehicles and was recently acquired by Katasi, a Colorado-based technology company founded by executives from the telecom and aerospace industries. Katasi is currently developing a coordinated technological commercial solution for use by telecommunication service providers to prevent texting or cell phone use while driving. This is the first year for Delaware State’s Entrepreneurial Finance class, taught by Adjunct Professor Alfred Paoli, an advisor at the Delaware Small Business & Technology Development Center. Delaware State University, located in Dover, Delaware, is Delaware’s second largest university and one of the country’s premier Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Founded in 1891 as one of the country’s first land-grant educational institutions, DSU currently boasts a culturally-diverse enrollment of over 3700 students pursuing studies from one of 64 undergraduate majors, 22 masters degrees, and 5 doctoral programs.
Practicing exclusively intellectual property law, RatnerPrestia has assembled an elite group of professionals with the backgrounds and experiences to allow the firm to provide intelligent, practical, cost-effective counseling to clients who need legal advice in the context of business decisions. This philosophy has allowed RatnerPrestia to successfully partner with its clients and further their business interests. Serving a wide range of international and national clients of all sizes in essentially all technologies, all trademark regimes, patent offices and courts, RatnerPrestia is a full service IP firm with a 30 year proven track record of success. For additional information, visit www.RatnerPrestia.com.