James G. Porcelli – Patent Attorney at The Webb Law Firm, March 30, 3-5 PM. James worked at The Webb Law Firm since 1997 as an associate, then shareholder, and currently Of Counsel. Jim is an Intellectual Property attorney whose practice includes United States and foreign patent prosecution, United States trademark prosecution, drafting and negotiating technology license agreements, and preparing non-infringement and validity opinions. Prior to joining The Webb Law Firm, Jim served as Senior Patent Counsel for Kennametal Inc., a Fortune 500 company, and as a Patent Attorney for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Jim also worked for Sargent & Lundy, an architectural engineering firm, as a piping analyst engineer for power plants. Jim holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters. His presentation will discuss patents, trademarks, and copyrights in terms understandable to the non-specialist included will be explanations on the differences among patents, trademarks, and copyrights, the processes for acquiring federal protection of each and how you know if you need such protection. This seminar is free and open to the public. Register Here
Bibhuti Aryal – President, Rukmini Foundation, April 4, 1 PM. During the past five years, young girls in Nepal have received an education, mentoring and encouragement from a Pittsburgh organization founded by Bibhuti Aryal to honor his great-grandmother — a woman married off to an older man before she was 11. Since that time, the Rukmini Foundation has been a source of support for underprivileged girls in Aryal’s homeland, sharing the legacy of a grandmother who encouraged her own children to get an education in search of the opportunities denied to her. After twin earthquakes shattered the mountain nation this spring, Aryal’s foundation broadened its work to help victims with fundraisers around the region. A Pittsburgher since age 9, Aryal finished an undergraduate degree in two years, graduating magna cum laude from Robert Morris University, before earning his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He now is a technology and business consultant at Pittsburgh’s SDLC Partners, and in his free time he is a founding member of the Pittmandu soccer team, the epitome of western Pennsylvania’s blend of cultures (and place names).