Speakers > Charles C. Valauskas

Charles C. Valauskas
Valauskas Corder LLC

Topic: "Innovation: Why Students (and Universities) Can be So Good at It?"


Corporations are complex organizations that seek to accomplish a multitude of objectives, respond to pressure coming from a variety of sources, and satisfy a wide range of internal and external decision makers. The most valuable technologies – Disruptive Technologies – often elude such organizations. Students and Universities are perfectly suited to create Disruptive Technologies. This presentation will provide an overview of the different types of innovation, discuss how individuals and organizations - even with very limited resources - can create very valuable technologies, and what steps can be taken not to overlook such innovations once they are developed. Examples of Disruptive Technologies created by students with little or no resources will be discussed.

Short Bio

Charles Valauskas is legal counsel to domestic and foreign companies, new ventures, universities, and research foundations. Mr. Valauskas speaks on a regular basis throughout the world on technological and intellectual property topics. He has delivered many workshops at international events including those sponsored by the European Union on intellectual property and technology transfer topics.

Mr. Valauskas is involved in the activities of many organizations. He has served on many committees of and was the Vice President for Industry Relations of the Association of University Technology Managers. Mr. Valauskas is also on the Advisory Board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Mr. Valauskas is also a member of the American Bar Association’s University Intellectual Property Law Committee and the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals “Future Look” Task Force.

Mr. Valauskas is a former adjunct law professor for intellectual property matters. He is the author of articles that have appeared in publications including the: Boston College International and Comparative Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Newsletter. Mr. Valauskas authored a chapter entitled “The Other Intellectual Property: Thinking Beyond Patents” for a new book on technology transfer published by the American Bar Association. He authored also separate chapters for the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual (3rd Edition) on International Copyright Protection and on the Rights of Privacy and Publicity and co-authored two separate AUTM handbooks on copyright law and business (published in English and translated into Japanese). He has appeared in articles published in popular publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the ABA Journal, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

Mr. Valauskas received his B.S. from the University of Illinois (Chicago), his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law, and his LL.M. from the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Valauskas is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois.