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Meeting ArchiveSeptember Meeting:
Thursday September 13, 2012
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Legal Issues in a Consulting Business

The September 2012 meeting of the IEEE Consultants' Network of Northern New Jersey (www.TechnologyOnTap.org), scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM, features a presentation by Joel Miller, Esq.

Legal Issues in a Consulting Business
Operating your consulting business requires more than just technical knowledge. Legal issues do arise that may present a hurdle to the independent practitioner.

Join us for a presentation by Joel Miller, outlining some of the common legal challenges facing a consultant. These include:
  • Corporate structure - does it protect you?
  • Insurance ? professional and commercial liability
  • Hold-harmless agreements; indemnification
  • Contracting and agreements
  • Ownership of work product; intellectual property
  • Export controls
Joel Miller has practiced law for over thirty years, specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and antitrust law. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Miller served as a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, examining patent applications in the fields of telemetry, digital display systems, and computers. He also served as patent counsel and counsel for the Kearfott Division of the former Singer Company, handling patent matters, licensing, trade secret and export issues, and employment-related litigation. Prior to establishing his solo practice in 1991, Mr. Miller was associated with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York City, where he worked on a variety of patent, trademark, and antitrust matters. Before graduation from law school, Mr. Miller held engineering positions with Aerocom, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla. (ground-based avionics), the Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C. (radar), and Research Cottrell, Inc. (pollution control), and has worked as a bench technician (high-frequency crystal filters), a draftsman, and as a licensed broadcast engineer (WEEX and WJRH, Easton, PA).

Mr. Miller is a member of the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York Bars, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is the Legal Activities Chair for the North Section of the IEEE and is also active in the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association, holding leadership positions and frequently speaking before both groups. Mr. Miller is the author of the book, Patent Appeals at the USPTO: Appellate Advocacy and Practice. Mr. Miller received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College in 1975 and a J.D. from the University of Miami in 1978. Please visit www.JoelMillerLaw.com for further details and for contact information.

Founded in 1992, the IEEE Consultants Network of Northern NJ encourages and promotes the use of independent technical consultants by business and industry.

Thursday September 13, 6:30pm
Non-members welcome!
Morris County Library,
30 East Hanover Avenue,
Whippany, NJ
6:00 - 8:30pm
Contact: 973-728-0344, robert@rdwalker.com

www.mclib.info directions to the meeting.