MATTO seminars

University Patent Enforcement 

When: April 26, 2017  3:30pm-5:00 pm
Where:  Havana Room, 5th Floor, Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, 02142

The seminar panel will discuss how to discover and encourage compliance if licensees are delinquent in asserting against companies that are infringing. The panel will also discuss how to identify and encourage companies that are deliberately or unknowingly practicing university patents to license these patents.


  • Vinit Nijhawan, Entrepreneur, VC
  • James Roberts, Associate Director, Partners Healthcare

The seminar is free but you have to register on this link or by clicking on the button below


3:30 – 4:00 PM Refreshments and Networking
4:00 – 5:00 PM Discussion

Speaker Bio:

Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit Nijhawan was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 300 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and over two years sourced over 200 deals and made one investment that was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 240 panel discussions and paper presentations, and is a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm, a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator/Incubator LearnLaunch, President of Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and on the Advisory Board of Walker Innovation (OTC QB: PPRO). Vinit is also on the board of the National Academy of Inventors. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

James Roberts

Jim directs the Radiology, Neuroscience and Anesthesia teams at Innovation. His focus is to assist and coordinate our Licensing Managers as they guide invention disclosures through patent prosecution to sponsored research and finally to technology licenses or company creation. Jim has direct hospital experience as Director of Medical Physics in Radiology and Radiation Oncology at various medical centers including the Lehigh Valley Health Network. At Philips Medical Systems he managed the design of CT systems and the marketing of digital GI and digital cardiology systems. His first role in the innovation sector was with BTG, the British technology commercialization group where he led their global technology acquisition efforts. Jim has also done extensive IP consulting with medical device companies like Bausch & Lomb. Jim holds a BS from Virginia Tech and an MSc from Georgia Tech.