TC IEEE Computer Society Meeting


Knowing some basics of patent law is essential for engineers, research scientists, entrepreneurs, physicians and others who are interested in bringing new products or services to market or protecting existing ones. 

Benjamin Edlavitch will be leading a discussion on: 1. patent law, 2. important issues to consider under the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act, and 3. how relatively recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit are affecting patents on computer software and other important innovations in the electrical arts.  His plan is to provide the basics on each topic with the hope of forming a discussion. 

  Date and Time




  • Date: 28 Apr 2018
  • Time: 09:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) CST6CDT
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  • Intertech
  • 1575 Thomas Center Drive
  • Eagan, Minnesota
  • United States 55122
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  • Starts 19 March 2018 09:18 PM
  • Ends 28 April 2018 08:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) CST6CDT
  • No Admission Charge


Benjamin I. Edlavitch of Westman, Champlin & Koehler


IP Protection


Ben is a United States Patent Attorney concentrating in patent, trademark, and copyright law, licensing, IP litigation support, and domestic and international patent prosecution. He has over ten years of industry experience in intellectual property law and services clients in the fields of computer hardware and software, telecommunications, financial services, farm and construction equipment, medical devices, food processing, and industrial instrumentation and automation systems.

He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (cum laude) and a Juris Doctor from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He also has a degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and professional certifications related to Computer Information Systems from IBM, Sun Microsystems, and the University of California, Berkeley. 

Prior to law school, Ben worked for many years in Chicago and Northern California as a software developer.


9:30 a.m.             Check in and networking

10:00 a.m.           Brief Computer Society business meeting and presentation

12:00 p.m.           Pizza and discussion

1:00 p.m.             Adjourn