MATTO seminars

Dear MATTO members,

You are invited to a MATTO seminar on Wednesday, May 17, 2017: “Nuts and Bolts of Commercializing Software Innovations”

Please note that this seminar will be on a different floor of One Broadway – it will be hosted by KPMG LLP on the 15th Floor.
This session takes a deeper look at some of the software IP topics discussed at the December 14, 2016 MATTO Seminar entitled “Protecting and Commercializing Software Inventions”.
Whereas that earlier talk provided an introduction to the legal and regulatory issues surrounding software inventions and code, this session will focus on the practical steps licensing managers may expect to encounter when dealing with software, algorithms, data and end use software disclosures.

Topics include:

  1. issues to consider when deciding between filing a patent application or relying on a copyright
  2. differences between software patent license agreements and copyright license agreements
  3. strategies for pricing software inventions
  4. practical steps for releasing code under open source software licenses

Case studies and real examples will be used by our two expert practitioners to illustrate and educate.


  • Daniel Dardani, CLP,  Technology Licensing Officer, MIT
  • Allan Yen, PhD, Director of Licensing and Business Development, Technology & Innovation Development Office, Boston Children’s Hospital

Seminar Organizer: Robert Benson, Principal, South Shaker Associates

The seminar is free but you have to register on this link

Refreshments and Networking at 3:30 – 4:00 PM. 

Speaker Bios:

Daniel Dardani

Daniel Dardani, Technology Licensing Officer, is a patent and licensing professional at the MIT Technology Licensing Office – the country’s premier technology transfer office.  With over 13 years of experience licensing a large and sophisticated portfolio of computer and software related technologies, Daniel has helped university inventors and outside entrepreneurs utilize and effectively develop university technologies into commercialization opportunities for many business ventures from startup companies to global corporations.  Daniel is a Certified Licensing Professional, and also co-teaches a survey course on intellectual property matters at Harvard University’s Summer School.  Daniel also serves as an advisory board member to the Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law Center at Cardozo Law School.

Alan Yen

Alan joined TIDO of Boston Children’s Hospital in 2010 and is responsible for managing and licensing technologies from the Informatics Program, Developmental Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Newborn Medicine. Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Alan worked at the Center for Commercialization at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle for over four years, where he managed life science projects in genomics and proteomics, cardiovascular and brain imaging, computational protein and vaccine design, cardiology, pharmocogenetics and hospital information technology.

Prior to the UW, Alan was a scientist and director of business development at LifeSpan Biosciences, a company providing antibody reagents and molecular pathology services to the bio-pharma industry. Alan has a B.S. from the University of California, Davis, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and completed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.