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Rutgers Professional Science Master's students take advantage of new telepresence classroom and visit USPTO

Rutgers teleconference classroom

Graduate students from Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program and The Ohio State University shared a course this summer using the new video-enhanced learning facilities in Tillet Hall.  The course, on Intellectual Property Strategy, has been offered by Rutgers for the past 6 years. There were 54 students total, eight from OSU's Fisher College of Business, and 46 from Rutgers. The new classroom in Tillet Hall has voice activated microphones and immersive cameras so that the students and lecturers could feel connected. In addition to the telepresence classroom, there were 18 remote students who connected through a web conferencing system. The course covered the fundamentals of intellectual property, evaluating patent portfolios, and technology transfer and included many guest lectures from experts in the field. The lectures alternated between New Jersey and Rutgers. Vince Smeraglia, the executive director of strategic alliances at Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), was one of the guest lecturers and spoke to both classes about technology transfer at a major university. The course included a trip to the Global IP Academy which is part of the USPTO office in Alexandria, VA where students from both schools came together to learn from patent examiners and lawmakers about the economic impact of intellectual property. The course is the first collaborative video class for Rutgers and OSU, and will be offered again next summer. Students enjoyed the interaction between both schools and were excited to participate in this experimental collaborative endeavor.





U.S. Patent Trademark Office BuildingClass photo

Read more about the visit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the Rutgers MBS blog.


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