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Innovate and Protect: A Deep Dive into the Patenting Process

January 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


So, you’ve submitted your invention disclosure, spoken with patent counsel, and reviewed the application. What happens next? This session will review the process that your application will undergo at the USPTO.


Our speaker is Paul Sorkin, a Patent Attorney who worked in private practice and in-house at a major computer corporation prior to joining MIT TLO. He has prosecuted hundreds of patent applications and successfully obtained protection in diverse areas including medical devices, signal processing systems, semiconductors, and network technology.


MIT Technology Licensing Office
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77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Founders are everywhere, but resources aren’t.

That’s a shame, because the next big idea could come from anywhere.


The Massachusetts Founder Network aims to bridge the gap, giving startup founders equitable access to resources that will help their companies grow.


We support MA founders no matter where they come from, their company’s stage, or their business sector. We want to democratize access to the resources that will help them accelerate—and excel. All founders are welcome to find resources and community at MFN while creating connections, expanding their networks, and learning from one another.

About MFN

The Massachusetts Founders Network is a central hub for all things startups, fostering innovation and collaboration across the state. MFN offers valuable networking, resources, mentorship, and community for startup founders in Massachusetts. 


MFN is produced by Lever, a startup accelerator based in North Adams. Our work is supported by funding from and collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, based in Westborough.


We’ve been advising and connecting with entrepreneurs for years, and we’re using that knowledge and network to launch something new, with the help of an advisory board of successful founders and major players in the startup ecosystem. 

We plan to launch the Massachusetts Founders Network in summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about our launch, new features, and MFN events!