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Attorney to discuss patents for academics

March 16, 2015

An Introduction to Patents for Professors and Graduate Students" will be the title of a talk March 17, sponsored by STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico's technology-transfer and economic-development office.

Nicholas P. Lanzatella, an attorney with Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner in Minneapolis, will explain what a patent is and what it can do, why a professor or graduate student would want a patent, how to write an invention disclosure, and how to efficiently fit the activities needed to get a patent into the workflow of academic research.

The talk will be held noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 in Clark Hall, Room 214A. The seminar is free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

For online registration, go to

To register by email or phone, contact Amy Patterson at or (505) 272-8774.

Hourly parking is available at the Cornell Visitor Parking Structure or Lot A at $1.75 an hour.

Lanzatella is a registered patent attorney practicing intellectual property law with an emphasis on chemical engineering, materials science, organic chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. He received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota, his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota.