The Inventor’s Patent Academy Webinar Series: Understanding Patent Law

March 5, 2024
11:00 am
12:00 pm


Partner Series

Sponsored by Qualcomm, this WEPAN webinar series explores topics covered in The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA), a free three-part course that supports current and future inventors in understanding patenting, intellectual property, and how to navigate the patenting system. TIPA, created in partnership by Qualcomm and Invent Together, promotes equitable innovation ecosystems by providing open access to patenting information often withheld from marginalized inventors.

The second webinar in this WEPAN series aligns with Module 2 of TIPA, "Understanding Patent Law," which covers the specifics of patents, patent rights, and duration, including the steps of applying for a patent and the professionals, such as patent attorneys and patent agents, who play a key role in the process. Join us for this panel discussion featuring three experts who will share their knowledge, strategies, tools, and tips for navigating your own patent journey.

TIPA is a six-hour course that you can complete at your own pace. Each of the three modules is broken down into lessons of approximately 10 minutes, allowing for completion on a timeline that works for you. To learn more about The Inventor's Patent Academy and to take Modules 1 and 2, visit



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Katherine Jin
CTO and Co-Founder, Kinnos

Katherine Jin double-majored in Biology and Computer Science as a Coca-Cola Scholar at Columbia University. Katherine has worked in the Trauma Center and as a clinical researcher at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital and has conducted research at the Carnegie Institute of Washington and Columbia University. While at Columbia, Katherine served as Campus Coordinator of the Harlem Hospital Chapter of Health Leads. Katherine has been featured by the United Nations in celebration of International Day of Women and Girls in Science and was named to the inaugural list of The Tempest's #40WomentoWatch.

Sridevi Basavaraju, MS
Patent Agent, Myers Bigel

Sridevi Basavaraju received her B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from Duke University. She obtained her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, funded by the IBM Fellowship in Digital Signal Processing. Sridevi’s graduate research in the Wireless Communication space resulted in her thesis entitled “Adaptive Channel Equalization of Fading Channels for Microwave Mobile Communication Environments.” Additionally, Sridevi earned a Master of Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Prior to becoming a Patent Agent, Sridevi worked for 16 years in the Telecommunications industry, first as a hardware engineer (7 years) and then as a software engineer (9 years). She worked for Gilbarco and then for Broadband Technologies doing high speed analog PCB design for optical communication networks. Sridevi then worked for Alcatel-Lucent, first as a FPGA/ASIC designer for telecommunications switching systems and then as an embedded software engineer developing IP protocols and Networking products. Sridevi is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of North Carolina. Sridevi is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Jennifer Hayes, JD, LLM, MS
Principal, Jordan IP Law

Ms. Hayes, a Principal of the firm, is head of JIPL's Pharmaceutical, Biotechnological and Life Sciences, and Chemical and Materials Practice Groups, where she focuses on patent procurement, patent portfolio strategies, counseling, and opinions. Ms. Hayes specializes in pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech, and material science arts. She has extensive experience in a variety of technology areas that include small molecule drugs, pharmaceutical formulations, compositions, and methods of treatment; chemical compounds, compositions, methods of making and use; yeast and fermentation, and baked food products; extracts, cosmetics, and fragrances; polymer compounds, compositions, synthesis and methods of use; multi-layered plastic materials, methods of making, and methods of using; molded articles, stock, and packaging materials; synthetic oils, fuel additives, catalysts, fuel cells, batteries, structural materials, and composites. Jennifer also has experience preparing and prosecuting U.S. trademark applications before the USPTO.

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