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September 19, 2013 - Samuel Petuchowski and Bruce Horwitz

September 19, 2013 - Samuel Petuchowski and Bruce Horwitz

Opening Doors to Innovation

NOTE: special location and early registration deadline

The US Commerce Department attributes 34.8% of US GDP to intellectual-property-intensive industries. (Ever notice how many significant figures in economics?) Even small companies must figure out how to maintain their competitive edge in an information-transfer rich world. 

Keeping great ideas to oneself – that is, having a trade secret - is one way to protect them, but trade secrets have limited applicability for products that are easy to reverse engineer. Other intellectual property tools may help grow a business or turn ideas into useful innovations. Two of our members, Bruce Horwitz and Sam Petuchowski, deal daily with ideas and their role in product development and company growth. Bruce and Sam will discuss tactical and strategic IP management -  how your business objectives, cash flow and operational timing impact what you do with your intellectual property.
Bring your questions! The evening’s structure will be a short joint presentation followed by a highly interactive discussion period.

Bruce Horwitz, TechRoadmap

Bruce received his doctorate in Optics from the University of Rochester in 1976 and spent over twenty-five years in R&D and new product development activities, functioning at various times as an individual contributor, program manager, department manager at Itek Optical Systems and as Vice President of Research and Development for MicroE Systems. After leaving MicroE, Bruce was Director of Optical Technology for AXSUN Technologies before founding TechRoadmap Incorporated in 2000, a company providing Director of Intellectual Property services on an outsource basis.

Samuel Petuchowski, Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers 

Sam completed an undergraduate degree in math and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a doctorate in physics (far infrared Raman lasers, 1979) at the University of Illinois. After a few temporary posts and over a decade at NASA Goddard applying spectroscopic techniques to studies of the Galaxy, Sam transitioned into patent law, earning a J.D. at Georgetown University. Soon thereafter, in 1996, Sam joined the Boston intellectual property law firm now called Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers, where he is a partner, and where he works with clients to develop strategic patent portfolios.


DINNER reservations must be made by 6 PM, Sept 12, 2013, the Thursday before the meeting.  Dinner is provided courtesy of Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers and an accurate head count is needed earlier than usual.

Please make reservations online. Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at 617.584.0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM. When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers
125 Summer St., Boston, MA 
(Right across from South Station)
(617) 443-9292


Sunstein's office is easily reached by T (Red, Orange, or Green lines) and
multiple parking options (not free) exist.(the garage at Post Office Square is $9 for the
evening and is only a 1/4 mile walk away)

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:45, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Vegetarian option available on request

General Information on NES/OSA Meetings

Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free